Jag Recipe

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Jane Cardoza


Jag is a rice and bean dish from the Cape Verde islands. Its pretty well known here in the New Bedford area of MA where there are a lot of Portugese/Cape Verdian people. My Mother-in-law showed me how to make it and my hubby says its as good as hers!

Do me a favor, though, ladies. Don't add anything like corn or carrots to it. Tom (my Hubby) says people would do that when he was a kid and it would ruin it!!!

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30 Min


4 Tbsp
butter or margarine
1 small
onion, chopped
1 can(s)
cannellini beans (15oz can)
1/2 pkg
chopped kale (optional) i use a 10oz pkg.
1 Tbsp
paprika (not too sure of the measurement, i use quite a bit. it turns the rice kinda orangey-red)
salt and pepper
2 c
long grain white rice
4 c

How to Make Jag


  • 1Boil water. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, saute onions in butter till soft. Add Beans, paprika and salt & pepper.
  • 2When water boils, add to pot with bean mixture, add rice and kale. Cover and bring back to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes until water is absorbed. Stir to mix and serve!!

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About Jag

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Other Tag: Quick & Easy