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Moroccan Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

Moroccan Chickpea and Vegetable Stew
October 12, 2018
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This is a vegetarian soup with optional additions (see notes below). We let guests build their own bowl as they wished with toppings of spiced shredded beef and preserved lemon-harissa sauce. The flavors are very North African and soul-satisfying on a rainy day.
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1/2 bulb of fresh fennel, (cut lengthwise)
  • 1 large stalk celery
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground harissa or 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (organic store-bought is fine)
  • 2 tbsps tomato paste
  • 2 16 oz. cans of chickpeas (garbanzos)
  • salt to taste

Peel and cut the onion into quarters. Slice the onion quarters across the rings.

Cut the ½ fennel bulb again in half lengthwise, then across into slices. Slice the celery stalk. Mince the garlic.

Heat 2 Tbl. olive oil in a large (4 qt.) saucepan over medium-low heat.

Add all the vegetables and stir. Cook for about 10 minutes until veggies get soft, but not browned.


Add all the spices and stir to coat. Cook for a minute, stirring.

Add the water, stock and tomato paste. Turn the heat up and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 mins.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add to the soup.

Simmer the soup on low for about 1 hour. Taste for salt and adjust to your liking.


Serve in wide shallow bowls and top with condiments:


Preserved Lemon-Harissa Sauce

1 Tbl. minced preserved lemon (or minced lemon zest)

2 Tbl. minced parsley

1 tsp. prepared harissa sauce (or 1 tsp. harissa powder mixed with 1 tsp.water and 1 tsp. olive oil)

1 Tbl. really good olive oil

Stir all together and place in a small bowl on the table to add as you wish.


Shredded Meat (optional)

1 cup of shredded beef, chicken, or lamb

Any leftovers from the day before are great.  Make a small pile in the middle of the bowl of soup.

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