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30 min

White Bean Ragout

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30 min


5 persons




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Author: Antonina Blum

This quick ragout of white beans and sweet summer tomatoes in a robustly flavored broth might just be favorite recipe of the summer. The tomatoes — just barely cooked — burst in your mouth when you bite into them, and fresh herbs and a splash of balsamic vinegar liven the dish up. Serve it as a meatless main course, ideally with toasted garlic bread for sopping up the broth, or as a side dish to grilled meat.


  • dried cannellini beans: 0.5 pound (soaked and cooked (or two 15-ounce cans, drained and well-rinsed)
  • extra virgin olive oil: 0.25 cup
  • yellow onions: 1 cup (chopped, from about one large or two small onions)
  • garlic: 3 clove (minced)
  • cherry or grape tomatoes: 1 pint (halved)
  • low sodium chicken or vegetable broth: 1 cup
  • tomato paste: 1 tsp
  • balsamic vinegar: 1 tsp
  • fresh chopped basil: 2 Tbsp
  • fresh chopped mint: 2 Tbsp (+ salt and pepper to taste.)

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Stages of cooking

  1. If you want beans with a nice bite to them and wish to avoid the additives, the only way is to soak and cook the beans yourself.

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  2. Begin by cooking the onions in olive oil until soft and translucent.

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  3. Add the garlic (I always use my garlic press) and cook for a minute more.

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  4. Stir in the cherry tomatoes.

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  5. Then add the beans, chicken broth, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar.

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  6. Simmer for a few minutes to warm the beans and tomatoes, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the fresh herbs right before serving so they keep their pretty green color.

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History of the White Bean Ragout:

The history of White Bean Ragout is believed to date back to the Mediterranean regions, where beans and tomatoes are staple ingredients in the local cuisine. The dish is thought to have originated as a peasant recipe, using simple and readily available ingredients. Over time, the dish has evolved, and variations of the recipe have spread across the world, becoming a popular dish in many households.

Tips and Tricks for White Bean Ragout Recipe:

  1. Soak dried beans overnight or at least for a few hours before cooking, to help reduce cooking time.
  2. To add depth to the dish, you could saute some pancetta or bacon before cooking the onions and garlic.
  3. Using ripe and juicy tomatoes is crucial for the dish's flavor. If you can't find fresh ones, canned tomatoes will work too.
  4. If you want to make the dish thicker, you could add a tablespoon or two of tomato puree.
  5. To make the recipe vegan-friendly, you can swap chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  1. Serve the White Bean Ragout in a shallow bowl, with toasted garlic bread on the side.
  2. Garnish with fresh herbs or shaved parmesan for added flavor and presentation.
  3. You could add a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes to add more flavor.
  4. This simple and rustic dish is perfect for family-style serving in the center of the table, letting everyone serve themselves.

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