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Ragout of Cipollini Onions with Tomato, Cinnamon, and Cumin

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)
This recipe, full of North African flavors, is good served as part of a mixed hors d'oeuvre such as tapas or over basmati rice to catch all the sauce. Roasting the tomatoes yields a deeper, richer, slightly sweeter flavor than you'd get by cooking them on the stovetop the entire time.


  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 pounds tomatoes, cut in half crosswise (about 3 large)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 pounds cipollini onions, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (3-inch) orange rind strip
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Nutrition Information

  • calories 143
  • caloriesfromfat 5 %
  • fat 0.8 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 3.4 g
  • carbohydrate 32.2 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 397 mg
  • calcium 55 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Sprinkle garlic evenly in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange tomato halves, cut sides down, over garlic. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; lightly spray tomato halves with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 55 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven; cool in dish.

  3. Place tomato mixture in a blender or food processor, reserving liquid in baking dish. Process tomato mixture until smooth; strain through a sieve into a large bowl. Discard solids. Add reserved liquid to bowl.

  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onions, and sauté for 8 minutes. Remove onions from pan. Add coriander, cumin, and cinnamon to pan, and sauté for 1 minute. Add onions, pureed tomato mixture, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, broth, and next 4 ingredients (broth through orange rind) to pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and cook for 30 minutes or until onions are tender and sauce is thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and stir in orange juice and sugar. Remove cinnamon stick, bay leaves, and orange rind. Sprinkle with cilantro.