Instant Pot White Beans and Pancetta Ragout

Adding a little pancetta to this white bean ragout helps it deliver rich flavors while staying healthy
White Beans With Bread

A good ragout can feel both comforting and refined

by | Updated Dec 17, 2020 | 0 comments

This white bean ragout is full of healthy ingredients. This white bean and pancetta ragout is inspired by classic French white bean stews that are simmered for hours.

Using an Instant Pot to cook white beans cuts down on the cooking time, letting the stew build layers of flavors highlighting the pancetta and creamy texture of the white beans.

The term ragout, which is French for a slow-cooked stew made with meat or fish and vegetables can easily be confused with ragu, which is an Italian term used for a hearty sauce served with pasta. What we love about ragouts is how they can feel comforting and refined at the same time.

White Bean Ragout Ingredients

This white bean ragout is full of healthy ingredients

The addition of a little pancetta helps the stew taste rich and flavorful while letting it stay healthy. This recipe is an excellent example of how a little pancetta can add an enormous amount of flavor and complexity to a dish.

A helpful tip when you’re cooking beans in an Instant Pot is to cook the beans until their almost tender, before adding the other ingredients. The reason for this is the beans need a lot more cooking time than carrots, onions, etc. and if they’re added when the beans first start cooking, they end up as mush.

White Beans and pancetta On Spoon

Adding just a little pancetta brings this dish to life

This ragout recipe can be served on its own for lunch or dinner or as a side dish. It’s especially good with roast pork or chicken dishes.

Some recommendations include Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Herbs, Rosemary and Thyme Roasted Chicken Breast, or for a fantastic dinner make it with a couple of Sous Vide Duck Breasts.

White Beans With Bread

Instant Pot White Bean and Pancetta Ragout

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 lb Great Northern beans
  • 3-1/2 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 4 oz pancetta, diced
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 tsp rosemary, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Wash and sort the beans. Set the Instant Pot to the bean setting and cook the beans in 2 cups water, 2 cups chicken broth, along with a bay leaf and 1 tsp salt for 40 minutes.
  • While the beans are cooking prep the veggies and pancetta.
  • When the beans are done cooking, drain them and set them aside. Set the Instant Pot on sauté, add the butter and pancetta and stir until the pancetta starts to cook. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and sauté everything for a few minutes.
  • Add the beans back into the pot along with the rosemary, carrots, ground pepper, and 1 tsp of salt. Pour in 1-1/2 cups of stock, turn the Instant Pot to the bean setting and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Before serving taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.


To get 1 cup of celery, it usually takes 3 stalks of celery. For 1 cup of carrots, it usually takes 2 large carrots. Any dried white bean will work for this recipe.
For more soups and stews check out our Slow Cooking section.

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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Soups & Stews


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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot White Bean and Pancetta Ragout
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 775mg32%
Potassium 410mg12%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 2785IU56%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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