Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

We speed up this traditionally slow-cooked stew by swapping out pork shoulder for spiced sausage and deglazing the pan with red wine for added depth and richness. You can also use hot turkey Italian sausage or lean ground sirloin.

How to Make It

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring to crumble. Remove sausage from pan. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add tomato paste and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add wine; cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in stock and next 5 ingredients (through beans); reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 8 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in cooked sausage and oregano.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


April 30, 2015
Really really good!!! I loved it!!  used veggie stock

Super easy, super flavorful!

May 10, 2015
Made this twice in one week! The family loved it!  Even my 10 yo who can be picky about spicy heat.  It was just enough heat for flavor without being uncomfortable for young mouths.  You use only 2 sausages from a 12oz package. Definitely a go to recipe now.

Wasn't blown away by this

May 20, 2015
I wanted to like this more but to me it was just okay. It tasted like the burger/kidney bean/tomato "goulash" my mom used to make -- minus the macaroni and with a little Italian twist. It tasted fine, but I could have made the goulash without nearly as many ingredients or bother. I used turkey Italian sausage and frozen diced tomatoes from last summer's garden and let it cook down to a nice thick stew.I served it with fried polenta cakes (with hint of asiago) which elevated it a bit and made me enjoy it more. My husband feared something as radical as polenta on his plate so he got the full goulash treatment, this served over macaroni. We ate it, liked it well enough, but in all likelihood, won't be trying it again.

Very Tasty

June 08, 2015
Enjoyed it so much I shared the recipe with with my adult children.  I have made it twice since the magazine came out.

easy & filling

June 09, 2015
Made ragout in the morning, reheated & added oregano in the evening. Followed recipe except increased pepper flakes to ¼tsp.   Served with the recommended polenta & CL's oven-roasted garlic broccolini.  Hearty supper on a cold & rainy night.

Easy, quick and satisfying.

July 29, 2015
We enjoyed this dish.  It was quick enough to make on a weeknight and was very filling.  We served it with a salad and hunk of bread.


September 29, 2015
I liked this recipe! It was nice to try something different. I meant to pick up polenta, but completely forgot it at the bottom of my shopping list. I ate it on it's own with some baguette and asparagus, and it was still a great meal!

Easy and tasty

April 28, 2016
Love the spicy sausage in this.  Served with a tossed green salad and dinner roll.  Will definitely make again.

Average recipe

August 18, 2015
This was good but not a wow recipe

Gonna make this!

October 14, 2015
I haven't made this yet but what can I use to substitute the red wine?