Ragout de Boulettes (Spicy Pork Meatballs)

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 15m
Ready In

Recipe: #20504

August 07, 2015

"Spicy pork meatballs simmered in broth, that are perfectly paired with a bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes or buttered noodles. This is a family recipe, but variations on the theme are found in Canada wherever French is spoken. Ragout de Boulettes reheats beautifully and travels well to potluck suppers. From Canadian Living Test Kitchen."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (421.3 g)
  • Calories 592.3
  • Total Fat - 36.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 14.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 154.5 mg
  • Sodium - 1758.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 17.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 2.6 g
  • Protein - 46 g
  • Calcium - 105.1 mg
  • Iron - 3.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 7 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.2 mg

Step 1

Crumb or cube bread very finely and soak in milk for 5 minutes.

Step 2

In a large skillet, melt 1 tbsp butter and saute the onion until tender. Transfer to a large bowl and add pork, bread and milk, parsley and seasonings. Mix thoroughly with hands.

Step 3

Form into meatballs about 2 inches in diameter.

Step 4

Melt remaining butter in skillet and, over medium heat, brown meatballs, one layer at a time, on all sides. Place meatballs in a medium-size saucepan.

Step 5

Pour 1 cup stock into the skillet and heat, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan; pour this and remaining stock over meatballs.

Step 6

Simmer the meatballs and stock, partially covered, for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Taste stock and adjust seasoning.

Now the secret to the goodness of a ragout Quebec-style:

Step 7

Sprinkle flour into a skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently until flour becomes an even mid-caramel color; cool. In a jar with tight-fitting lid, shake flour with cold water to make a smooth creamy liquid. Pour this slowly into the simmering stock, stirring constantly, so stock will thicken without lumps.

Step 8

Simmer stew another 10 minutes. Sprinkle generously with parsley if desired and serve.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



5 stars all day Lori. What a great recipe, thank you for sharing. The meatballs were perfect, tender and flavorful. The gravy was wonderful. What a lovely meal we had; I served the meatballs and gravy over mashed potatoes and parsnips. So good. Made for What's on the Menu tag game.

review by:
(10 Dec 2019)


This was fantastic served over mashed potatoes. Going into favorites

review by:
(27 Nov 2019)


We are so happy we tried this...the spicy wasn't what we expected...it's on the sweet side...we really enjoyed the flavors...the hubby and I found out we aren't great French food lovers...unless they are fries and toast...I cut the recipe down to 2 servings and we ate it all...thanks for sharing your recipe...made for FYC tag game...

review by:
(20 Nov 2019)

dienia b

very good

review by:
(11 Sep 2015)


These are so fragrant when they are cooking. We really liked them. The gravy is wonderful. They were a too salty for us so next time I would cut the salt in half. Made for Culinary Quest2.

review by:
(8 Sep 2015)

Sue Lau

Excellent. Made for CQ15

review by:
(22 Aug 2015)