Moroccan Beef Stew with Couscous

This quick beef stew imparts all the flavor of a slowly-simmered dish. Serve with a salad of shredded carrots dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.


Makes 6 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 519
Caloriesfromfat 14 %
Protein 47 g
Fat 8.1 g
Satfat 2.9 g
Carbohydrate 63 g
Fiber 4.2 g
Sodium 740 mg
Cholesterol 85 mg


1 onion (3/4 lb.), peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon salad oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground dried turmeric
2 cans (14 1/2 oz. each) diced tomatoes
1 package (about 2 lb.) cooked boned beef pot roast with gravy
3 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
2 cups couscous
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves


1. In a 12-inch nonstick frying pan or a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, frequently stir onion in oil until limp, 4 to 5 minutes.

2. Add cumin, coriander, cayenne, and turmeric and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and their juice; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often.

3. Discard any solidified fat from beef and sauce. Scrape sauce from meat into pan. Cut beef into 3/4-inch cubes and add to pan. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until meat is hot, 5 to 7 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a 2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring broth to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover pan, and remove from heat; let stand until broth is absorbed and couscous is tender to bite, about 5 minutes. Pour couscous into a wide bowl. Spoon stew over couscous and sprinkle with mint.