Mediterranean Ragout

A "reboiled" soup of vegetables and bread. This recipe is a perfect vehicle for a wide variety of farm-fresh vegetables. Day-old bread, which functions as a thickener, gives the stew a homey, comforting finish.

Author:Inspired by Vegetarian Times, 2002.08
Yield:6 servings
Category:Main Courses


3 tbsp. olive oil
2 large leeks, sliced (white and light green parts)
2 medium stalks celery, sliced
2 medium carrots, sliced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups vegetable broth
8 oz. fresh cranberry beans shelled, (or 1 cup frozen baby lima beans)
4 oz. green beans, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces (1 cup)
3 medium tomatoes, halved, seeded and coarsely chopped (4 cups)
6 cups Swiss chard leaves, cut into 1/2"-wide ribbons
1 cups zucchini, sliced
2 slices day-old country bread, cubed (2 cups, 1/2"-thick)
1 cups Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)


  1. In Dutch oven or deep sauté pan, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium heat.
  2. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add celery, carrots, garlic, rosemary and pepper flakes and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  4. Add broth and cranberry beans; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Add green beans, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in tomatoes, chard and zucchini and return to a simmer. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, 6 to 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat; season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Add bread and stir to moisten. Cover Dutch oven and let stand until bread has softened and stew has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  8. Spoon stew into shallow soup bowls and drizzle some remaining oil over each serving. Garnish with Parmesan shavings if desired and serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts

6 servings per recipe

Serving size 1 serving

Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 234mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 30g10%
Dietary Fiber 8g32%
Total Sugars
Includes Added Sugars
Protein 8g

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrition in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.