This White Bean Ragout with Butternut Squash and mushrooms is an easy, healthy, gluten-free dinner recipe. It’s hearty enough to stand on it’s own, but I love serving it over cheesy polenta, or mashed cauliflower for a grain-free option.
Sadly winter squash season has come to a close, but I managed to snag a few butternuts from the dwindling supply at my local market a few weeks ago. These guys hold up pretty well, so I squeezed a few more recipes out of them, one being this utterly divine vegetarian white bean ragout with butternut squash.
If you’re skeptical that completely vegetarian meals can be described as “divine” you just gotta trust. In real life land, this is the kind of dinner I plop down in front of Cameron that earns me the “look” – the raised-eyebrow-skeptical-smirk face that says “Where’s the meat babe?” As evidenced by his empty plate 20 minutes later, however, he loved it and you will too.
Not only is this white bean ragout super filling and surprisingly rich, it’s packed with seasonal vegetables and therefore tons of nutrition. A classic “eat the winter rainbow” meal. The beans add protein and bulk, so a little goes a long way. Full, happy bellies await.
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So What’s Ragout Anyhow?
Ragu…ragout…tomato…toh-mato? Not exactly. Same pronunciation, different stuff.
In a nutshell, ragu is sauce, and ragout is stew. At the end of the day, ragout can stand on its own (although it’s traditionally served over some sort of starch, like crusty bread, polenta, or pasta).
Gluten Free White Bean Ragout Recipe Notes
Let the customization begin! Feel free to swap kale for the chard, or even spinach. If using the later, toss it in at the end as spinach doesn’t need anywhere near the cooking time that chard or kale require.
Swap any mushroom of your heart’s desire for the button mushrooms, but know that you’ll get a slightly more woodsy taste from some of the wild varietals.
While this gluten free white bean ragout can totally stand on it’s own, I like it served over a starchy base and my go-to is cheesy polenta. If you’re pressed for time, this would be terrific served over toasted slices of sourdough or rice. For a grain-free and vegan option, experiment with riced or pureed cauliflower.
Butternut Squash Galette
Looking for more vegetarian butternut squash recipes? Try this butternut squash galette with caramelized onions and sharp cheddar. It’s a warm and cozy fall dinner.
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- Cast Iron Skillet
- 2 tbsp butter or avocado oil
- 8 oz. button mushrooms, quartered
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ c. dry white wine
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced into ½″ cubes
- ½ bunch chard, stems removed, thinly sliced into ribbons
- 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped, plus additional for serving
- ½ c. vegetable broth
- 1 ½ c. white beans, or 1 can
- sea salt, to taste
- cracked black pepper, to taste
- shaved parmesan, for serving (optional)
- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat until it foams. Add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt and sauté until browned and crisp around the edges, 10-12 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- If the pan needs it, add a bit more butter or oil (1-2 tsp) and heat until foaming. Add the sweet onion and sauté until translucent, 5-7 minutes. Push aside the onions in the center of the pan and add the garlic. Sauté until fragrant, 1 minute.
- Deglaze the onions and garlic with white wine, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan, stirring until the wine stops bubbling, 2-3 minutes.
- Add the butternut squash, chard, and sage to the pan and toss to coat in the pan juices. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and pour in the broth. Cover and cook until the squash is barely fork tender, 15 minutes.
- Stir in the white beans and cooked mushrooms and cook until warmed through, 6-8 more minutes.
- Serve immediately over your base of choice (polenta, crusty bread, rice, pasta, etc.) or alone, and garnish with additional fresh sage and shaved parmesan if desired.
Make it vegan. Omit the parmesan. Suggested Kitchen Tools and Equipment
12″ Cast Iron Skillet
6-quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
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This sounds delicious! I have made potato focaccia, but never one with squash. Yum, look at it’s beautiful colour.
Just roasted my first butternut squash the other day and was surprised at how easy it was. This sounds like a great recipe to try!
Stacy | POP KITCHEN
Wow! This looks great! Especially over polenta. Always looking for hearty vegetarian meals to eat with my vegetarian brother!
Thank you! I like to have an option that’s not soup or salad, and this definitely does it. And who doesn’t love anything over polenta?
Great stuff buddy.
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This recipe was excellent. I didn’t have kale so I used spinach, and I replaced the sage with rosemary. Still it had that earthy, nutty goodness. I also had some sage mushroom finishing oil that was perfect on top. Will definitely make it again.
Real working mom over here trying to prepare more intentional seasonal meals and I give this my hearty approval.
Directions were easy to follow, ingredients were simple, staple items and it tasted fantastic! I omitted mushrooms and added thyme. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Samantha K Ellyn
We loved this recipe! Went a little heavier on the chard because we like greens but otherwise made to the letter and served over polenta as suggested… DELICIOUS!!!
We don’t like mushrooms here in this house so got any substitutions for them?
This was absolutely delicious. I did it in a cast iron Dutch oven so I would have more room for the vegetables and it worked great, I will definitely make it again.