Seven-Vegetable Couscous

Annabelle Breakey

Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes. Notes: Ras el hanout, a Moroccan spice mix, is available at Middle Eastern stores. To make your own, see below. Buy preserved lemons at specialty and Middle Eastern stores.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
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Recipe Time

Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 496
  • Calories from fat: 14%
  • Protein: 17g
  • Fat: 7.5g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 90g
  • Fiber: 8.7g
  • Sodium: 817mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ras el hanout (see below)
  • 2 dried bird's-eye or arbol chiles
  • About 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. dice
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. dice
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. dice
  • 1 small turnip, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. dice
  • 1 small orange sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. dice
  • 1 medium or 2 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-in. dice
  • 1 can (14 or 15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/2-in. dice (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1 preserved lemon, pulp removed, rind rinsed and finely chopped (optional; see Notes)


  1. 1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook oil and garlic until fragrant, 1 minute. Add ras el hanout and chiles and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 cups broth, 2 cups water, carrot, parsnip, potato, turnip, sweet potato, and zucchini. Bring to a boil. Add chickpeas, lower heat, and simmer vegetables until just tender, 15 minutes. Add tomatoes, if using, and parsley. Cook vegetables until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  2. 2. Bring remaining cup broth and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a medium pot. Add couscous, cover, and turn off heat. Let sit 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  3. 3. Remove chiles from vegetables and discard. Serve vegetables over couscous, garnished with preserved lemon if you like.
  4. Ras el hanout: Mix together 1/2 tsp. each ground ginger, turmeric, and coriander; 1/4 tsp. each freshly ground black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and saffron (optional); 1/8 tsp. each ground allspice, cloves, and mace; and crushed seeds from 6 cardamom pods (optional).
  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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