This vegan chickpea and pumpkin stew is full of flavour and warmly spiced. It's a great vegetarian one-pot meal that freezes well and is easy to prepare.
What should I do with my leftover pumpkin?
A few weeks ago I picked a pumpkin. It wasn't a small pumpkin and it wasn't a huge pumpkin, but it felt like it was by the end! It was too big to fit in the fridge but I didn't want to waste any of it.
First I made pumpkin muffins. Then I made it into soup. I roasted it in slices to go with a roast dinner and even snacked on the cold roasted pumpkin slices afterwards. But it wasn't enough. I needed to do something else with the leftover pumpkin. But what?
Make Freezer Meals with Leftover Pumpkin
How about some freezer meals? Even small supermarket pumpkins are pretty big and if you buy a pumpkin for one recipe, the chances are you'll have lots of leftovers. With my huge pumpkin I really had no choice but to make freezer meals!
This spicy pumpkin and chickpea stew was just perfect for making ahead and keeping in the freezer.
Moroccan spices are brilliant in this pumpkin stew
I love Moroccan recipes and Moroccan spices go really well with pumpkin. Plus, I wanted a family-friendly meal that the children would happily eat too.
I decided to make a mildly spiced chickpea and pumpkin stew. By itself, pumpkin can be a little bland but with a few warming Moroccan spices and some fresh coriander, it really comes alive.
What ingredients do you need for this spicy Moroccan stew?
To make this vegan pumpkin stew you'll need:
- Onions - red or brown onions are fine
- Garlic - I usually use fresh crushed garlic cloves but you can use a paste or even garlic powder if you don't have any.
- Spices - cayenne pepper, cumin and coriander. These warming spices are a perfect match with the pumpkin. You could even add some cinnamon.
- Red peppers - Yellow or orange peppers also work and you could even use a mix of colours.
- Pumpkin - I also make this stew with butternut squash and other kinds of squash when I don't have pumpkin.
- Chickpeas - I find tinned chickpeas are the easiest to use.
- Chopped tinned tomatoes - You could replace this with passata or even fresh tomatoes if you don't have tinned ones. I then often add a little tomato puree.
- Black pepper
- Coriander (cilantro) - A sprinkling of fresh coriander really finishes this stew off. However, you could use parsley if you are not a fan of coriander.
- Lemon - I love to serve this with lemon wedges to squeeze over the top of the stew.
Can you adapt this pumpkin stew recipe?
This spicy pumpkin stew is a very easy recipe to adapt. It is essentially a dish made of leftovers so don't feel the recipe is set in stone. Feel free to adapt it and use whatever squash or root vegetables you have a glut of.
Butternut squash would be an ideal substitute but also parsnips, carrots or sweet potatoes would work. After all, pumpkins tend to disappear from the shops completely after Halloween! Unless you grow your own it can be very difficult to get them once it gets to November.
One way of bringing out the flavour and sweetness of the pumpkin and the peppers is by roasting them before putting them in the soup. If you roast the vegetables first you can then reduce the simmering time to about ten minutes.
You can of course increase the spices to taste too. And why not roast the pumpkin seeds and then sprinkle them on top of the stew too? These simple salt and pepper roasted pumpkin seeds are our favourite.
You don't have to stick rigidly to the quantities in the recipe. If you have more pumpkin to use up then just add extra tins of chickpeas and more chopped tomatoes too.
What can you do with the leftovers?
This pumpkin stew is a brilliant batch cooking recipe. Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to three days. Just reheat in a saucepan on the hob or in the microwave.
You can also freeze any leftovers. I usually freeze it in individual portions so it's easier to defrost and reheat.
When you want to eat it you can either defrost it first (ideally overnight in the fridge) or cook it from frozen in either the oven or the microwave. It's a great way of having your own healthy homemade ready meals any time you want.
More Pumpkin Recipes
Whether you're looking for sweet or savoury pumpkin recipes then I've got something for you!
- Spiced pumpkin cookies
- Chocolate chip pumpkin cereal bars
- Creamy pumpkin spinach and feta quiche
- Salt and pepper pumpkin seeds
If you're looking for more soup recipes then why not try my tomato and couscous soup?
Chickpea and Pumpkin Stew
- 2 onions finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 2 red peppers sliced
- 800 g pumpkin cut into large cubes
- 400 g tin of chickpeas
- 800 g chopped tinned tomatoes
- ¼ tsp Black pepper
- 15 g coriander cilantro
- 1 lemon optional
- Gently cook the onions in a large saucepan for about 5 minutes until they are soft, then stir in the garlic.
- Cook for another minute then add the cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper.
- Stir well then add the red pepper, pumpkin, chickpeas, chopped tomatoes and a little black pepper. Add a little water so the pan isn't too dry.
- Bring to the boil then simmer gently for half an hour.
- Stir in most of the fresh coriander at the end but reserve a little to put on top of each plate. Serve the stew with a wedge of lemon to squeeze over the top.