Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ragout (Stew/Soup) with Chicken Sausage, Beans and Broccolini - Jaques Pepin style

OK I've got to admit, Michele Obama sure had some cool moves on their recent Asia trip. As for the POTUS himself we won't go there. Folks back home say reruns of dance moves is all they saw on TV for a few days.

Talking of TV, of all the cook shows, Jacques Pepin's recipes and dishes are the ones that I mostly try out. I adore the minimal ingredients that he uses to dish some delicious looking dishes. The ones I have tried also tasted good which is always a very good thing.

A few days ago I saw this recipe for a Ragout with beans, sausage and broccolini. It looked good, was a one pot meal, had beans and was carb. free. I have used chicken sausage to be specific chipotle chicken sausage. Guess any kind of sausage or any soy based fake meat can be used.

White beans work best for this recipe. I wouldn't add kidney or black beans. I have used small navy beans. The original recipe uses Cannelinni beans.

Stew/Soup with Chicken Sausage, Navy beans and Broccolini
1. 3 chipotle chicken sausage, casing removed and crumbled
2. 1 bunch of broccolini about 2 cups chopped
3. 1 1/2 cup of dried navy beans soaked overnight
4. 1/2 cup of finely chopped onions
5. 3 garlic cloves chopped
6. 2 tsp of cayenne pepper
7. 1/2 tsp of black pepper
8. 3 cups of chicken broth (or water)
9. salt to taste
10. 2-3 tsp of oil
1. Cook the navy beans to soft, I cooked them on the stove top for 20 minutes
2. In a pan heat oil and when hot add the sausage and let it cook till it loses the reddish tinge and is cooked through
3.Add the chopped onions and let it get browned, add in the garlic and saute
4. Add the chopped broccolini and let it cook for 3-4 minutes
5. Add in the drained cooked beans, cayenne and black pepper and give a good mix
6. Pour in the chicken broth, let it come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium heat, cover with the lid and let cook for 8-10 minutes more.
7. Taste and add salt if required.


  1. I also love Jacques Pepin- very down to earth chef. I remember him on a PBS show picking up a tomato with a rotten spot, cutting away that part and using it, while saying that you don't need to throw out just because of one spot.
    His memoir is a wonderful book too. Love that hearty soup you made!

  2. Filling stew, looks simply delicious..

  3. I like this type of dishes. will try this with mushrooms though.

  4. The Ragout looks good. I like the name. Ragout. I looked up Michele's moves after reading your post.. not bad! She even got some formation steps in this koli dance I saw on youtube. :)

  5. Hi ISG,

    Long time with no visits to your blog, and as usual I have missed alot. Your November posts are all delicious. I loved the show with Jacques and a very much 'set in her ways' Julia Child -- two classics. Ragout looks lovely :)

    Hope you're well!

  6. Jacques Pepin is one of my favorite shows as well on PBS. Now that I think of it though, I have never made a recipe from the show yet, but it just encourages me so much to try simple, new and healthy recipes, like this one. Love the idea of this stew.. dont usually have chicken sausage around, might need to think of a soy based substitute.


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