Make-Ahead Moroccan Lamb Stew Recipe -
Make-Ahead Moroccan Lamb Stew Recipe

Make-Ahead Moroccan Lamb Stew

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"Inspired by the wonderful spices and flavors used in Moroccan cuisine, this wonderful stew is a hearty one-dish meal. We like to double the recipe and freeze one portion for later. You can also save time, by combining all of these Moroccan spices in bulk and having the mixture on hand to use in this stew recipe, as well as others, like lamb burgers, grilled salmon, and meat rubs. We typically serve the stew with warm bread and a salad."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Combine cinnamon, cumin, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric, curry powder, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the ground lamb. For most flavorful results, allow mixture to rest, refrigerated, overnight.
  2. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook the onion in the butter until soft and just beginning to brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Mix the spiced lamb mixture to the onions. Cook and stir until meat is browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the beef broth, chicken broth, and consomme into the pot. Stir in the tomatoes, honey, carrots, sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, dried apricots and lentils. Bring to boil; reduce heat to low.
  4. Simmer stew for 30 minutes or until the vegetables and lentils are cooked and tender. Season with black pepper to taste.
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  • Make Ahead Tip:
  • If making ahead or freezing, prepare stew through Step 3. Simmer for 5 minutes over low heat; remove from heat and cool in the pot or in freezer-safe container. Transfer to the fridge (store for up to 3 days) or freezer. The vegetables store better if not fully-cooked prior to refrigeration or freezing. When ready to eat, (if frozen) thaw in refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours, then pour stew into a pot, bring just to a boil, and simmer until heated through.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 09, 2011

This is one of the most delicious soup/stew recipes I have ever made! I've made it several times, and I always make extra to freeze a family-sized portion. Making the spice mixture in bulk is a great idea. It saves a lot of time and we love Moroccan lamb burgers using this mixture too. I have also found this recipe to be very forgiving. I've omitted items, added stuff like kale and zucchini, tweaked the spices when I was out of one, and substituted dried cranberries, figs and raisins for the apricots in a pinch. I’ve also used less broth to make it more hearty, and served it over rice and couscous. Enjoy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 11, 2011

pretty good, but way too sweet for me and too oily. i added more broth, more salt and next time i will use a lean ground turkey. also, one sweet potato was definitely plenty.


11 Ratings

Dec 12, 2011

I added a big parsnip, I only had one sweet potato so I added two small russet potatoes, and I thickened the liquid by adding flour to the ground lamb and onions, just before adding the liquids.

Mar 31, 2013

This is a great recipe ... definitely a bi-weekly repeater! I used red lentils. I forgot to get the dried apricots, so added half a jar of apricot jam. I also added 1/2 cup of Israeli couscous to thicken it a bit. It's delicious!

Feb 16, 2013

Loved it! Just what I was looking for this snowy weekend.

Feb 05, 2014

Added fresh spinach to this recipe and it was great!

Dec 05, 2013

This is good as far as the tlavorings go although I would add a teaspoon or two of Harrisa (can be found in most Middle Eastern stores) and prefer my lamb in chunks rather than ground. Otherwise a really nic, tasty stew for a winter warmer.

Feb 21, 2015

This is my go to recipe to use left over lamb. We eat a lot of lamb and this freezes well also.


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  • Calories
  • 465 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 57.3 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 16.3 g
  • 65%
  • Protein
  • 28.2 g
  • 56%
  • Sodium
  • 1337 mg
  • 53%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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