Ragout For You!


Nope. Not Scrabbled out yet!

We slept in this morning, I mean, yesterday was completely exhausting! 😉

I started off the morning with a cup of eggnog coffee + nutmeg.


And somehow I convinced Jodus to make me breakfast while I dinked around on the internet! 😀 Skillz!

He made a scramble with spinach, onion, garlic, mushroom, and bell pepper with homemade wheat toast and some turkey sausage links.

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He done good!

Then we pounded out a bunch of chores. Like the yucky ones you only do every blue moon. We successfully packed up 3 boxes + 1 suitcase of stuff to give-away to Goodwill. Tis the season! I also did ridiculous things like bleaching the ceiling of the bathroom (sucky ventilation + moisture = gross mold). I am quite satisfied with the amount of work we got done this morning.

We broke for lunch and I had a Sausage + Bean Ragout on the menu.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound hot Italian pork sausage, casing removed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 1/2 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth (regular, Natural Goodness™ or Certified Organic)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes seasoned with garlic, oregano and basil
  • 1 (16 ounce) can Great Northern Beans white kidney beans (cannellini), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow pasta
  • 1 (6 ounce) package fresh baby spinach leaves, washed
  • 1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
  1. Heat oil in saucepot over medium-high heat. Add beef, sausage and onion and cook until meats are browned, stirring to separate meat. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  2. Add broth, basil, tomatoes and beans. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pasta and cook until pasta is done.
  3. Add spinach and cook just until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Serve with additional cheese.


I followed this almost exactly (minus not having fresh basil and using great northern’s instead of cannellini’s).

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It was quite tasty. We give it a B+. Jodus said it was warm + hearty but also vaguely resembled Hamburger Helper which I can sort of see…


We are off to more Scrabble! Yes, we are currently obsessed. I think we are just more on each other’s playing level so we are quite competitive!

PS – – – >

Happy Birthday, Opa!




One Response

  1. The ragout was 10 times better than any Hamburger Helper I’ve had, BTW. It will be a great leftover to have on a dark, cold, rainy day…..which we’ll have a lot of this week.

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