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Butternut Squash with Cumin Couscous

Real Simple NOVEMBER 2006

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash (2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup dark or golden raisins
  • 1 32-ounce container vegetable broth
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) almonds, chopped

Preparation

Halve and peel the squash. Remove the seeds and cut the squash into 1-inch chunks.

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the squash, tomatoes, raisins, broth, chickpeas, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook until the squash is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups water and the remaining cumin and salt to a boil. Stir in the couscous. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Divide the couscous among individual bowls and ladle the squash over the top. Sprinkle with the parsley and almonds.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 325
  • Calories from fat: 19%
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 1,178mg
  • Carbohydrate: 59g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugars: 13g
  • Protein: 10g
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