Easy Spring Vegetable Ragout

Serve this light ragout over pasta, polenta, or tortellini to make it a main dish.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Body+Soul, April 2010


  • 3 medium leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half moons (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 ounces sugar snap peas, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 8 radishes, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh herbs, such as chives and tarragon


  1. Soak leeks in cold water for 5 minutes; lift out and drain. Repeat until no grit remains on bottom of bowl. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and salt and saute until leeks are tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in asparagus, then water. Simmer covered for 2 minutes. Add snap peas and radishes, cover, and simmer for 2 minutes more.

  3. Stir in mustard until well combined, then swirl in butter and herbs. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Serve sprinkled with Parmesan and drizzled with oil.


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