Moroccan-Style Vegetable Chili with Couscous & Garlic Labneh

Moroccan-Style Vegetable Chili

with Couscous & Garlic Labneh

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

We’re putting a North African spin on a wintry food favorite—chili—by cooking tender vegetables and beans with ras el hanout (a beloved blend of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and more), then serving it all over couscous dotted with sweet golden raisins and briny olives. For cooling contrast, we’re topping the hearty dish with creamy labneh.

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Moroccan-Style Vegetable Chili with Couscous & Garlic Labneh
Title
  • 1 15.5-Ounce Can Cannellini Beans
  • ½ cup Yellow Couscous
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 6 oz Carrots
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • ¼ cup Labneh Cheese
  • 1 oz Castelvetrano Olives
  • 1½ Tbsps Golden Raisins
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup Grated Romano Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Ras El Hanout
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 1 clove of garlic; using a zester, finely grate into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Using the flat side of your knife, smash the olives to release the pits. Discard the pits, then roughly chop the olives. Pick the mint leaves off the stems. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Cut out and discard the stem, ribs, and seeds of the pepper; medium dice. Combine the sliced carrots, diced onion, and diced pepper in a bowl. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling the pepper. In a bowl, combine the labneh and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. 

Make the chili:
2 Make the chili:

In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the prepared vegetable mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the tomato paste and 2 teaspoons of the ras el hanout (you will have extra); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the beans (including the liquid), honey (kneading the packet before opening), and 1 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 12 minutes, or until the liquid is thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

Cook the couscous:
3 Cook the couscous:

Meanwhile, in a small pot, combine the couscous, raisins, a big pinch of salt, and 3/4 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Cover and let stand 6 to 8 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the couscous is tender. Fluff with a fork. Cover to keep warm. 

Finish the couscous & serve your dish:
4 Finish the couscous & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked couscous, add the chopped olives and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Serve the chili over the finished couscous. Garnish with the romano, garlic labneh, and mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 1 clove of garlic; using a zester, finely grate into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Using the flat side of your knife, smash the olives to release the pits. Discard the pits, then roughly chop the olives. Pick the mint leaves off the stems. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Cut out and discard the stem, ribs, and seeds of the pepper; medium dice. Combine the sliced carrots, diced onion, and diced pepper in a bowl. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling the pepper. In a bowl, combine the labneh and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. 

2 Make the chili:

In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the prepared vegetable mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the tomato paste and 2 teaspoons of the ras el hanout (you will have extra); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the beans (including the liquid), honey (kneading the packet before opening), and 1 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 12 minutes, or until the liquid is thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

Make the chili:
Cook the couscous:
3 Cook the couscous:

Meanwhile, in a small pot, combine the couscous, raisins, a big pinch of salt, and 3/4 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Cover and let stand 6 to 8 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the couscous is tender. Fluff with a fork. Cover to keep warm. 

4 Finish the couscous & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked couscous, add the chopped olives and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Serve the chili over the finished couscous. Garnish with the romano, garlic labneh, and mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy! 

Finish the couscous & serve your dish:
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