What is the Meaning of a “Ragoút”

It seems that recently I have been seeing the term ragoút when defining a recipe selection.  Now I consider myself a fairly seasoned Kitchen Chef, but have to admit a bit of ignorance behind the meaning of ragoút.

I took to the internet to help me come up with a definition and found that Webster’s and Wikipedia are  not all that clear on the term Ragoút as well.  Below are their definitions, a slight commentary and a cool, Ditalini Vegetable Ragoút

Pappardelle with vegetarian ragout   SONY DSC

Webster’s Definition:

1. A stew of meat, vegetables, and spices; well-seasoned meat and vegetables cooked in a thick sauce. 2. Mixture, Mélange

Wikipedia’s Version:

1. The term ragout (French ragoût) refers to a main-dish stew. 2. The term comes from the French ragoûter, meaning: “to revive the taste”

Both sources refer to ragoút as a stew, but upon further review of their definitions we can see that ragoút is more of a topping or mixture used to enhance

365.257 - Baked Penne Pasta with Wild Mushroom...

365.257 – Baked Penne Pasta with Wild Mushroom Ragoût (Photo credit: nettsu)

a meal.  The above photos and the picture with a reference on the left seem to back up the topping idea.  It should be noted that many times a ragoút is made with noodles or a small pasta like ditalini.  Below in the “related articles,” are a few  recipes that support this definition.

I’m sure some of you are reading this and saying, “why is Mike so obsesses with this term, as it really is no big deal.”  Well the purpose of this website is to expose you, the reader and me, the author, to new, simple and healthy approaches to meals that add a  Mediterranean feel.

That being said, as I was walking the aisles of a Publix’s supermarket in St. Augustine’s this week (visiting my daughter in college with the family), I came across this recipe which is used as an accompaniment for Creole-Spiced Salmon.   This Ditalini Vegetable Ragoút seemed to be right up Gracie’s alley.  I hope you enjoy it and I promise to give you the Salmon recipe sometime soon.

Ditalini Vegetable Ragoút
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: French
Lots of ingredients I like.
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • ¼ lb. fresh asparagus spears, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp, fresh thyme
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can cannelini beans
  • 2 Tbsp. herb garlic butter
  • 2 Tbsp. capers
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. Chop shallot, asparagus, parsley and thyme
  3. Cook pasta and reserve ¼ cup of pasta water for later use
  4. Preheat a large saucepan on medium heat fro 2-3 minutes. Place oil in pan and add shallots, asparagus, pasta, tomatoes and beans, cook and stir another 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated
  5. Stir in herbs, butter, capers, salt, pepper and reserved pasta water, cook and stir for ⅔ minutes or until well heated. Serve.


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