Moroccan Meatball Stew

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a very spicy but absolutely delicious stew which we enjoyed. The original recipe says to serve it over couscous which I skipped. This looks like a long ingredient list, but most of these ingredients are staples in our house. If following the WW flex plan this is about 9 points/serving. Recipe source: Bon Appetit (January 2010)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the meatballs: line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap. Mix the meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Using moistened hands and about 2 tablespoons of the mixture make 1 1/2 inch meatballs. Arrange meatballs on the cookie sheet. I prepared these ahead and put in the fridge.
  2. To make the stew: heat oil in a large ovenproof pot over medium heat. Stir in onions and saute them for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic, cinnamon, turmeric and saffron (if using) and cook stirring for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in broth, tomatoes and raisins.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Bring stew to a simmer and stir in carrots and meatballs. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cilantro. Cover pot and place in oven.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with spinach and cover and bake another 5 minutes.
  9. Stir to mix and remove cinnamon sticks.
Most Helpful

5 5

I've been making this recipe from the original source for years and it's really delicious and easy. I never bother with the meatballs, as that's too much work, frankly. I just throw all of the meatball ingredients (omitting the panko and egg) into a pan an brown it. EASY.<br/><br/>This becomes a paleo recipe when you omit the panko! <br/><br/>I use this recipe at home all the time, but also for home made dehydrated backpacking meals. I just carry some raisings separately, and add them at the end of the re-hydration. I'm thinking about running it through the blender after dehydrating it the next time, so that the re-hydration texture will be even better. This is an AMAZING dish in the backcountry when your friends are eating crappy mystery "food" (aka chemicals) from Mountain House meals.

5 5

Fabulous stew -- and as wonderful as it was the first night, it was infinitely better the second; I think next time I may make it the day before and reheat! A friend to whom I gave some leftovers opined that it was one of the best meals that she'd *ever* eaten; that's saying something, because she's a fine cook in her own right. Definitely a keeper.

5 5

Excellent stew! Love all the spices and the great combination of flavours. Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients. It really is easy to make. I wore latex gloves to mix the beef and spices by hand and then shape the meatballs. Thanks for posting.