2 ½ tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tsp paprika, preferably Hungarian
1 tsp ground ginger plus 1 pinch, divided
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
¼ tsp ground ginger
1 ½ lb boneless pork chops (1 inch thick), trimmed of fat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 can 14-ounce reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup butternut squash diced (1/2-inch dice)
1 cup carrots sliced (1/2 inch thick)
1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
½ cup onion, chopped
½ cup canned diced tomato
2 Tbsp preserved lemon chopped rinsed, (see note; optional)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp minced garlic
¼ tsp hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground allspice
1. Zest and juice the lemon(s) to get 1 tablespoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice; reserve the zest. Combine the juice, 1/2 teaspoon oil, paprika, turmeric, coriander, cumin, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon ginger in a medium bowl. Add pork; stir to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
2. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, stirring, until no longer pink on the outside and beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the pork to a plate.
3. Add broth, squash, carrots, chickpeas, onion, tomatoes, preserved lemon (if using), tomato paste, garlic, hot sauce, cinnamon, allspice, the reserved lemon zest and the remaining pinch of ginger to the pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in the pork, return to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the pork is just cooked through, 2 to 5 minutes more.
Note: Although entirely optional, preserved lemons make this ragu more authentic. A signature flavor in Moroccan dishes, lemons that are preserved in a salt-lemon juice mixture for at least 30 days have a salty, sweet taste and tender texture. Find them at specialty food stores.
Provided by: EatingWell
Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total
- Calories 332
- Total Fat 11gm 17%
- Saturated Fat 3gm 15%
- Monounsaturated Fat 5gm
- Sodium 306mg 13%
- Total Carbohydrates 30gm 10%
- Fiber 7gm 28%
- Protein 30gm
- Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.