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Moroccan Vegetable Soup

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2013


  • 1 pound carrots, washed, trimmed, and cut on the bias into 3-inch-long pieces
  • 1/2 large rutabaga (about 1 pound), peeled and cut on the bias into 2-inch-long pieces
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots (2 to 3 small)
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons harissa (North African hot-chile paste;
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous
  • Coarsely chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add carrots and rutabaga, and simmer 2 minutes. Reserve 6 cups cooking water, then drain vegetables.

  2. Place oil in a large, wide, deep pot over medium-high heat. Add shallots and 1 teaspoon salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are softened and golden brown in places, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and harissa, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add wine, and simmer 30 seconds.

  3. Add vegetables, chickpeas, reserved cooking water, and saffron to pan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and cover. Simmer until vegetables are crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with 2 teaspoons salt.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook couscous until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.

  5. Divide couscous among 6 bowls. Ladle soup over couscous, and garnish with cilantro. Soup and couscous can be refrigerated in separate containers 2 days; let cool completely before refrigerating. Gently reheat together in a covered pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

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