Lamb, Butternut Squash and Apricot Tagine – 6sp

Since my friend brought me back some amazing ras-el-hanout from Morocco I have been looking at different ways to incorporate it into my meals. It has the most gorgeous flavour and so I started doing a bit of digging to see what else I could get it into. I came across a few recipes on the Good Food website so the below recipes is a combination of them all! Best of all it includes one of my favourites at the moment, CHICKPEAS. It also has some gorgeous apricots in which add a nice subtle sweetness to the dish. It’s so filling and really quite cheap to make as you don’t need too much meat. I served mine with some Ainsley Harriot Cous Cous and topped with yoghurt and coriander. Amazing!!



Serves 4 = 6sp per portion (Flex)

300g lean lamb steak, cubed into 2cm pieces

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 peppers, deseeded and sliced

1 tbsp ras-el-hanout (or Shwartz Moroccan Spice Mix)

2 tsp ground coriander

Sprinkle of crushed chillies

1 butternut squash, peeled and diced

100g soft dried apricots, halved

400g can chopped tomatoes

240g chickepeas, drained

500ml lamb (or beef) stock (made with 1 stock cube)

Zest  of 1 lemon

Small bunch coriander, chopped

To serve (add the extra points as required)


Natural yogurt with a swirl of harissa



Pre heat the oven to 180C.

Heat 1kal in a flameproof casserole dish, add the lamb, season and brown on all sides. Scoop the lamb out the pan and pop to one side. Then in the same pan, spray again with 1kal add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened (add a small splash of water to stock the onions sticking). Then add the garlic, pepper and spices and cook for a few more minutes, adding a splash of water to stop the spices catching and burning.

Add the lamb as well as the squash, apricots and chickpeas to the casserole, pour over the tomatoes and stock, season well and bring to the boil.

Pop the lid on and transfer to the casserole dish to the oven. After 1 hour, stir the tagine and return to the oven, uncovered, for a further 30 minutes.

Sprinkle over the lemon zest and coriander.

Serve with couscous (I used a pack of Ainsley Harriot and added a little lemon juice) and top with a swirl of yogurt and harissa. Finish with a few sprigs of coriander.


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8 thoughts on “Lamb, Butternut Squash and Apricot Tagine – 6sp

  1. Becky Brown says:

    Hi Laura.
    I’m guessing this could be cooked using a slow cooker. What do you think? Any ideas on how long on low?
    (Great for when you have guests but want to go out for a couple of aperitifs beforehand ?)

    • lakettle says:

      Hi Becky, it could indeed, I would make it as the recipe describes and then instead of popping in the oven put in the slower cooler for 4 hours on high x

  2. Sarah Taylor says:

    We had friends over for dinner the other evening and I went middle-eastern, cooking this and the lamb meatballs. Worked really well and everyone really enjoyed the food. I hadn’t used these spices before and I agree with you – they are really tasty. Thanks!

  3. Billy Watt says:

    Just making this today, I’ve turned the oven down to 100 so the meat melts in the mouth, smells and looks amazing. Thanks for another great recipe ?

  4. Mary Oneill says:

    Hi Laura
    I honestly thought I’d sent this yonks ago! But I didn’t & you deserve to know how much we love this dish in our house . Of all your excellent recipes this is our absolute favourite, it is a regular weekend treat! I’m not a big fan of couscous so I serve it with orzo pasta, pointed of course!
    Thank so much, keep them coming! X

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