Rating: 4.36 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

This rustic and deeply satisfying bacon and cranberry bean ragout would make a stellar side dish to pretty much anything coming off your late summer grill.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir olive oil and bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until bacon is fully cooked and begins to crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain off excess grease, leaving a teaspoon in the pan.

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  • Stir shallots and salt into the cooked bacon; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in beans, chicken broth, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the beans begin to swell, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Uncover and continue cooking bean and bacon mixture until the liquid reduces and beans are tender, 5 to 10 more minutes. Add rosemary, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. Adjust levels of salt and black pepper. Remove from heat, stir in extra-virgin olive oil, hot chile paste, and fresh herbs.

Nutrition Facts

273 calories; protein 15.1g; carbohydrates 33.9g; fat 9.4g; cholesterol 11.1mg; sodium 226.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2014
Super tasty! I didn't have bacon so I used ham so no fat. I also put in some spicy peppers to add heat and green color/texture instead of the pepper and chili paste. Even better after sitting a couple days! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/04/2015
Maybe it's because I'm from Texas but these are weird. I didn't care for the combination of bacon, rosemary, and lemon. Next time will leave lemon out of the picture. The good news is I am now a huge fan of theseed meaty cranberry beans. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
06/03/2015
Maybe it's because I'm from Texas but these are weird. I didn't care for the combination of bacon, rosemary, and lemon. Next time will leave lemon out of the picture. The good news is I am now a huge fan of theseed meaty cranberry beans. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2014
Super tasty! I didn't have bacon so I used ham so no fat. I also put in some spicy peppers to add heat and green color/texture instead of the pepper and chili paste. Even better after sitting a couple days! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2014
I used dried cranberry & pintos as my son mistakenly mixed them together in our bean jar. I doubled the beans but halved the spices over acid reflux. It smells heavenly on this chilly summer day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2014
This was freakin' delish! Thank you Chef John (can't wait to try your neck sauce btw). Only things I added were some swiss chard that needed to be used up (added at the end when I took the lid off to finish cooking the beans) and a fistful of green beans from the garden (added with the cranberry beans)- so good and my husband ate it all up- no leftovers. Thanks again- I was looking for a recipe to use the fresh cranberry beans and this did not fail- yum! Read More
(2)
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2017
Overall I really enjoyed this dish. The lemon was a little strong so next time I might dial the lemon back a bit. I also added some chard to amp the nutritional value and liked it as well. Definitely a repeat for my family. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2016
This was delicious!! I let it cook down a bit so that the sauce was thick and delicious... don't skimp on the fresh lemon juice and zest or the herbs... everyone completely cleaned their bowls! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2018
This was very very tasty and satisfying!! We found fresh cranberry beans at our farmer's market and found this recipe. The fresh beans were a bit pricey at 7 for about a cup and a half of shelled beans but we didn't mind the when we tasted them. Will definitely try this recipe with dry beans and see if it's as good as from fresh. We used dried rustico Italian seasoning and added fresh basil and we loved the lemon zest and juice but didn't over-do on it. Also used lots of bacon. This will be a new staple for our meals. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2017
I have made these many many times and my whole family (kids included) love them! I omit the rosemary but that's it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2020
This "Bacon and Cranberry Bean Ragout" was excellent: very savory! This recipe is one I should certainly make again. I used water instead of chicken broth and cooked my dried beans in a pressure cooker ahead of time. I also quadrupled the recipe, which the two of us gobbled up in 24 hours. Thank you Chef John for sharing your recipe. Read More