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Spring Ragout of Artichoke Hearts, Broad Beans, Peas and Turnips

Stephanie Alexander
  • Serves: 3-4
  • Preparation: 15
  • Cooking: 15
  • Ready: 30

This Spring Ragout takes its flavour from the tarragon, which brings out the best in the array of seasonal vegetables.


  • 8 garlic cloves, whole and unpeeled
  • 1 kg broad beans in pods, shelled ice cubes
  • 60 g plant-based unsalted butter, chopped
  • 4 trimmed and cooked artichoke hearts, halved or quartered, depending on size
  • 12 baby turnips, peeled
  • 250 ml light vegetable stock
  • 500 g peas in pods, shelled
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped
  • French tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flatleaf parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper


Put the garlic in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring slowly to the boil over low-medium heat, then drain. Repeat this process and then slip the skins off each clove and set aside in a bowl.

Refill the saucepan with water and return to the boil over high heat, drop the broad beans into the boiling water for 1 minute only. Immediately drain in a colander and tip into a bowl of ice-cold water. Then double-peel the broad beans. Reserve until needed.

Melt 30 g of the butter in a sauté pan over a medium heat. Once it starts to froth add the artichoke pieces, turnips and peeled garlic and sauté until the artichoke pieces become golden flecked with brown. Add the vegetable stock and peas, then cook, covered, for 5 minutes.

Uncover, scatter over the broad beans and herbs and shake gently to mix; there should be very little liquid remaining in the pan. If it still looks sloppy increase the heat to high and continue to shake the pan. Add the remaining butter to form a small amount of sauce. Taste for seasoning; there probably won’t be any need to add salt. Grind over some black pepper and serve at once.

Additonal notes

Photo by Tara Fisher. Taken from the award-winning Meat Free Monday Cookbook, now available in paperback  
(Kyle Books), p.28.

Buy your copy here. Proceeds 
go to the Meat Free Monday campaign.

“A ragout is basically a well-seasoned stew. This one takes its flavour from the tarragon, which brings out the best in the array of seasonal vegetables.”

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