Moroccan sausage stew

Moroccan sausage stew

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(23 ratings)

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 sausages
  • 2 red onions, 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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3rd Dec, 2014
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.
1st Dec, 2014
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.
30th Sep, 2014
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!!
27th May, 2014
Absolutely delicious! We will definitely be having this again... and again!
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13th Jan, 2014
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
24th Dec, 2013
This was a lovely winter warmer. The sauce is rich and deep but 1 tablespoon of ras el hanout is quite enough.
5th Dec, 2013
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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