Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew

    40 min

    This vegetarian Moroccan stew is not only delicious, but it's also easy to make. Butternut squash, red potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes and green olives are simmered together, then served over freshly cooked couscous.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 (10cm) cinnamon stick
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 450g butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 5cm cubes
    • 4 large red potatoes, cut into 5cm cubes
    • 475ml vegetable stock
    • 1 (400g) tin chickpeas, drained
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes with their juice
    • 140g green olives
    • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    • 420ml water
    • 285g couscous
    • 6 tablespoons natural yoghurt
    • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large covered saucepan over medium heat, until oil is hot but not smoking. Drop in the onion, garlic, cumin, cinnamon stick and salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, until onion is tender and translucent.
    2. Stir in the butternut squash and potato cubes, stock, chickpeas and tomatoes and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce heat, cover the pan and simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the squash and potatoes are tender. Remove the stew from heat and stir in the olives and lemon zest.
    3. In a large saucepan, bring 420ml water to the boil. Stir in couscous. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; cool. Serve stew over cooked couscous. Garnish each serving with a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkle of coriander leaves.

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    Made it numerous times now. I use sweet potatoes instead of ordinary ones. Helps use up the surplus squashes I have from the allotment.  -  17 Jan 2017


    Used white potatoes too. Didn't have olives but added a chopped courgette. Didn't add all the liquid suggested as it seemed quite a lot! tsp cumin. Will add more next time. Very easy but took longer to cook than suggested.  -  13 Nov 2015


    Lovely and simple to make and very tasty. The addition of the olives is a must. I used ordinary white potatoes instead of red but I don't think that would really make much difference  -  17 Feb 2014