Vegetarian Moroccan Stew


A great vegetarian meal that's really easy to make. Serve over steamed couscous.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 (4 inch) cinnamon stick

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 pound butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch cubes

  • 4 large red potatoes, cut into 2-inch cubes

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can canned diced tomatoes with their juice

  • 1 cup pitted, brine-cured green olives

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 ¾ cups water

  • 1 (10 ounce) box uncooked couscous

  • 6 tablespoons plain yogurt

  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat olive oil in a large covered saucepan or Dutch oven 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, broth, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover the pot, 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 1 3/4 cup water to a 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 yogurt and a sprinkle of cilantro leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

494 Calories
7g Fat
97g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 494
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 990mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 48mg 242%
Calcium 204mg 16%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 1787mg 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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