Lamb & Butternut Squash Tagine

lamb and butternut squash tagine
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  • 4Servings


  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 pound lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 2 tbsp. juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint


In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat 1 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate.

Reduce heat to medium. Cook the onion and ginger in 1 tbsp. EVOO, stirring often, until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the lamb, 1 1/2 cups stock, honey, chili-garlic sauce and lemon zest; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 1 hour. Stir in the squash and cook until tender, about 30 minutes; season.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, boil the remaining stock. Off heat, stir in the couscous; cover and let sit 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork, then stir in the lemon juice and remaining 1 tbsp. EVOO; season. Divide the couscous among plates, top with the tagine and mint.