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    Iberian-Style Sausage & Chicken Ragu

    This hearty sausage and chicken ragu was inspired by a fabulous stew Bruce Aidells enjoyed when he was traveling in Spain. Serve it over a heartier pasta, such as whole-wheat penne, or gnocchi. Garnish with grated sheep’s-milk cheese, such as Manchego.


    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 8 ounces linguisa, (Portuguese-style sausage) or Spanish-style chorizo, diced
    • 3 cups chopped onion
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
    • 2 tablespoons Pimentón de la Vera, (see Note)
    • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
    • 3 cups white wine
    • 4 cups diced seeded tomatoes, or canned diced tomatoes
    • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
    • 1 generous pinch saffron threads, (see Note)


    Step 1
    Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and add sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the edges begin to color, 5 to 10 minutes. Add onion and garlic. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is quite soft.
    Step 2
    Sprinkle Pimentón de la Vera over the onion mixture; stir to coat. Cook for 1 minute. Add chicken, salt and pepper; stir to coat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add wine and increase heat to high; cook until the wine is reduced by about a third, about 8 minutes.
    Step 3
    Stir in tomatoes, broth, parsley and saffron; reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the chicken is tender and the sauce is beginning to thicken, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Season with more pepper, if desired.


    Notes: Spain is known for its superb paprika called Pimentón de la Vera, which has a smoky flavor. Look for it in well-stocked supermarkets, gourmet-food shops or online at

    The dried stigma from Crocus sativus, saffron adds flavor and golden color to a variety of Middle Eastern, African and European foods. Find it in the spice section of supermarkets, gourmet shops or at It will keep in an airtight container for several years.

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