Moroccan sausage stew

Moroccan sausage stew

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins plus cooling (to cook from frozen allow 30 minutes)


Serves 4
Ras el hanout is a fragrant North African spice. It works perfectly with pork sausages in a tomato casserole sauce with dates and onions

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal491
  • fat30g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre5g
  • protein17g
  • salt2.8g
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  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 8 good-quality pork sausage
  • 2 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Moroccan spice mix or ras el hanout
  • 100g soft pitted date, roughly chopped



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 175ml hot beef stock
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • mashed potato, to serve


  1. In a large saucepan or flameproof casserole dish, heat the oil and brown the sausages with the onions for 10 mins until golden. Add the garlic and spice mix with 75ml water to prevent them from burning, and cook for 2 mins until fragrant. Add the dates and tomatoes, mix well, then spread out onto 2 plates to cool before pouring into a freezer bag and freezing for up to 3 months.

  2. To cook from frozen, put the stew into a large saucepan or flameproof casserole dish with all but 2 tbsp of the stock. Cover with a lid and gently heat to defrost for 25 mins, stirring occasionally.

  3. Once the stew is fully defrosted, mix the cornflour with the reserved stock and pour into the pan. Bring to the boil and simmer, uncovered, for 5 mins until thickened and piping hot. Serve with mashed potato.

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Comments (15)

Razzle5's picture

I have made this many times and only use 1 tbsp of Ras el hanout. You can substitute the sausages for chicken and this works just as well or make up the sauce and slow cook some braising beef in it - delicious.

catie74's picture

It isn't a looker but boy does it taste good.

AnonymousNinja's picture

Amazing! Family favorite

EmmaBrooksbank's picture

This was very yummy.. I added a little more garlic and left out the cornflour.. left it bubbling for a little longer to thicken the sauce and served with new potatoes.. will definitely make again.. tasty and pretty cheap!

Pee's picture

And the verdict: yum, very yum. A little orange oil had formed on the surface which I scooped off and the sauce was nice and thick (cooked in lidded casserole) and didn't need the cornflour. Looking forward to trying this again, I think the sauce would work with lamb too; I shall try it and report back.

Pee's picture

Making this tonight for dinner; missing out the freezing bit... After step 1 (used Ras Al Hanout) I added the stock, brought to the boil and bunged it in the oven at gas mark 5 and intend to leave it for about an hour so the dates and onions break down into the sauce. If it tastes as good as it smells, we're in for a treat!

lesley1142's picture

Made this tonight for dinner. It was absolutely gorgeous! Very tasty, lovely flavours. I made my own version of the Moroccan spice mix with ones I had in the house and only added around 1.5 tsp as my daughters don't like hot and spicy dishes. The dates added some sweetness (I added a bit more than stated). Will definitely be making again!!

lemonychoc's picture

I loved it, simple and easy and great for left over sausages I had in the fridge. I didn't find it too spicy at all, it was just right and I will be making it again. A +++

bandcamper's picture

This was a lovely meal on a cold night, very easy to prepare and nice with mashed potatoes. I cut the seasoning down to 1 tbsp as my children don't like to much spice, and it was just right. The dates add a lovely sweetness. Definitely one to make again.

pattidevans's picture

I'm sure this dish is very tasty - I love meat dishes with dates and Ras al Hanout, but it did make me laugh because you are unlikely to get pork in Morrocco.

beckys's picture

I've made this twice this month, it's lovely!! Added more tomatoes so I had lots of sauce to make baby food with :-) and she loves it too!!

blondegirlrees's picture

Absolutely delicious! We will definitely be having this again... and again!

sllyst's picture

This was so easy and quick which is hard to find in a good winter warmer. The dates added that wonderful sweetness to balance the spice and tomatoes. Even the kids enjoyed it and they are extremely fussy! Highly recommend trying, will become one of our regulars.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was a lovely winter warmer. The sauce is rich and deep but 1 tablespoon of ras el hanout is quite enough.

Suemarsh079's picture

I cooked this tonight,I didn't put the dates in but everything else was the same. I served it with mash potato and mashed swede and carrot.It was very nice,but I think next time I will try it with one tbsp of ras el hanout.As we found it a bit too hot. But then we don't like things too spicy!
I will cook it again, as it was very easy and tasty.

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