Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew With Couscous

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Vegetarian Times. April 2008.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in saucepan. Saute' carrots,onion and red bell pepper until softened. Stir in cumin seeds and bay leaf.
  2. Puree 3/4 cup of chickpeas and 3/4 cup butternut squash soup in blender until smooth.
  3. Add to carrot/onion/pepper mixture. Add the remainder chickpeas and soup. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, place couscous in heat-proof bowl and stir in 1 1/2 cups boiling water.
  5. Cover, and let stand 3 to 5 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork.
  6. Divide couscous among 6 bowls . Ladle chickpea stew around couscous in each bowl.
Most Helpful

I made this stew for DH and I for lunch today. It was nice. It was easy to prepare and was very mild flavored. Based on other reviews, I used Pacific brand butternut squash soup as I know I like it and left the bay leaf whole. I used green pepper because I had it on hand and Israeli couscous. Next time I would follow the package directions for making the couscous as mine was a little chewy. Thanks for a nice lunch.

Dr. Jenny March 16, 2013

I was very excited to try this recipe, but I have to say I don't like the taste of it at all. I didn't even bother making the couscous since the flavor of the stew is not pleasant and don't think I want to eat this for dinner. I think the Trader Joe's squash soup is to blame here! Once I tried a bit of that on its own, I could tell that was what tasted funky to me. Maybe a different brand would work better?

Laughing in the Kitchen September 26, 2011

A friend gave us an unopened container of butternut squash soup from Trader Joe's. They had bought 2 and had not liked it. When I found this recipe I knew it was a perfect use for it. I used green pepper (and would use less next time, closer to 1/2 a pepper) and powdered cumin. I also did not crumble the bay leaf like Melissa suggested so I could remove it. We used Israeli couscous, which is bigger than traditional couscous. I cooked the entire box and used the box directions. Then I served the stew over the couscous. This tastes different than it smells; It smelled very spiced, but was mildly sweet and mellow. Thanks.

ladypit February 03, 2010