Couscous with Harvest Vegetables

Homemade Harissa Paste also pairs well with this dish. Serve it on the side. Prep: 20 minutes; Cook: 40 minutes.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 links (about 1 pound) lamb sausage, such as merguez, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 small pumpkin (about 12 ounces), peeled, seeded, and diced into 1- to 2-inch cubes*
  • 4 carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into thirds
  • 2 turnips, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 5 cups chicken stock or chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 zucchini (about 1/2 pound), halved lengthwise and cut into fourths
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas
  • 1 (10-ounce) package couscous
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro or mint leaves

Preparation

  1. 1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add sausage, and cook about 5 minutes. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Add 3/4 teaspoon salt and next 7 ingredients; stir well. Add stock, and bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until pumpkin is tender when pierced with a fork. Stir in zucchini and chickpeas; simmer about 10 minutes more or until zucchini is tender but not falling apart.
  2. 2. Cook couscous according to package directions with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Fluff with a fork; keep warm until ready to serve.
  3. 3. Pile warm couscous on a large platter. Remove sausage and vegetables from pot with slotted spoon, and place around couscous. Garnish, if desired. Pour broth into a serving bowl. Invite guests to serve themselves individual portions of couscous, vegetables, and broth.
  4. *Substitute 1 butternut squash or large sweet potato, if desired.
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