Becky Luigart-Stayner
Recipe from Cooking Light

This rich dish balances sweet and tart flavors from the cranberries with savory notes from the pork and sage. Garnish each serving with a fresh sage sprig.


  • 1 pound dried navy beans (about 2 cups)
  • 1 (5-pound) pork shoulder blade roast, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced shallots (about 8 medium)
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 fresh sage sprigs
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º.
  3. Sprinkle pork roast with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Rub surface of roast with 4 teaspoons minced sage. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add roast to pan; cook for 15 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove roast from pan. Add sliced shallots to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Return roast to pan. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, beans, 5 cups water, and sage sprigs to pan; bring to a simmer. Cover and bake at 350° for 2 hours. Add dried cranberries to pan; bake an additional 30 minutes or until roast is tender. Remove sage sprigs; discard. Remove roast from pan; shred pork with 2 forks. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons minced sage. Serve roast with bean mixture.
Jeanne Thiel Kelley,
October 2006

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 407
  • Calories from fat: 32%
  • Fat: 14.4g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 36.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 34g
  • Fiber: 8.7g
  • Cholesterol: 103mg
  • Iron: 4.4mg
  • Sodium: 284mg
  • Calcium: 83mg