Scarlet Runner Bean (or White Bean) and Mushroom Ragout (vegan and oil free)

Scarlet Runner Bean (or White Bean) and Mushroom Ragout (vegan and oil free)

This recipe for scarlet runner bean (or white bean) and mushroom ragout serves 6. Scarlet Runner Beans are huge, beautiful, toothsome, and delicious. Worth seeking out.


  1. 3 large leeks, white and light green parts only, halved and cut in 1/2″ slices, or 2 medium white onions, diced
  2. 2 celery stalks, chopped
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 1/2 pounds crimini mushrooms, thickly sliced
  5. 2 teaspoons Herbs de Provence, or 1 teaspoon each thyme and oregano
  6. 1/4-1/2 teaspoons red chili pepper or 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeded (optional)
  7. 28 oz can diced tomatoes, fire-roasted preferred
  8. 2 1/2 cups scarlet runner beans, cooked or 2 14.5 oz cans white beans like cannellini or white northern beans, drained and rinsed
  9. 3-4 cups vegetable broth, divided, more if you want a ragout with more broth
  10. 3-4 cups zucchini squash, sliced lengthwise and into 1/2” pieces
  11. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  12. Salt (optional) and pepper to taste


Heat a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven to medium-high and when hot add the leeks and stir to distribute evenly. As they begin to lightly brown, stir in a few tablespoons of broth to deglaze the pan.  When it evaporates, stir in the celery, garlic and a bit of broth to deglaze again. When lightly brown, add the sliced mushrooms, stir well, and cover for a few minutes to bring out the moisture of the mushrooms. Uncover and cook on medium-high to evaporate the juices. Stir in the seasonings, then the tomatoes, the beans, and 3 cups vegetable broth.  Bring to a simmer, add the zucchini, cover lightly, and cook about 20-30 minutes, or until zucchini is tender. Add more broth if the ragout is thicker than you like. Stir in balsamic vinegar.  Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste.

Serve with brown rice or polenta if desired. Garnish with sliced basil or chopped parsley.

As with most stews and soups, this is even better the next day, after flavors have married. Enjoy!

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