A mainstay in Morocco, steamed couscous topped with a very liquid stew is undeniably delectable, but not exactly quick. We've found, though, that combining all the ingredients in a soup yields similarly sumptuous results in a much shorter time. The dish is decidedly spicy; if you prefer less heat, just reduce the amount of cayenne.
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 4), cut into approximately 1 1/2 x 1/4-inch strips
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 sweet potato (about 1/2 pound), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
- 3/4 cup tomato puree
- 1 quart water
- 2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 1/2 cup couscous
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
In a large pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Increase the heat to moderately high. Add the chicken, cayenne, cumin, salt and pepper to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
Stir in the sweet potato, zucchini, tomato puree, water and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
Add the couscous to the soup. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pot from the heat. Let the soup stand, covered, for 2 minutes; add the parsley and serve.
Tip: WINE RECOMMENDATION: Soup with such a riot of flavors needs a wine that's big but simple. Try a California zinfandel here for its generous, spicy fruit, supple texture, and full body.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
391 calories; 12g total fat; 94mg cholesterol; 1231mg sodium; 39g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 31g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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