Heidi Swanson's Ten Minute Couscous Soup

I received this recipe for Ten Minute Couscous Soup at just the right time. Thinking ahead to dinner at night, I knew I needed something quick and easy, I wanted to use some of our fresh broccoli and celery from Boston Organics, and I wanted something to warm me up! This recipe fit all of the above. I made some slight edits to the original recipe but the ease and flavor remained the same.

Here is Heidi Swanson’s original recipe from 101 Cookbooks, with my adapted recipe below.

Ingredients:
7 cups great-tasting vegetable broth
2-3 pinches crushed red pepper flakes
3T extra virgin olive oil
1 cup whole wheat, barley, or regular couscous
1 ½ cups broccoli florets, cut into tiny pieces smaller than your thumb
1 ½ cups cauliflower florets, cut into tiny pieces smaller than your thumb
4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (opt)
4 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
an ounce or two of goat cheese

In a large pot heat the broth, red pepper flakes, and olive oil. When it comes to a boil remove the pot from the heat and stir in the couscous. Wait two minutes and stir in the broccoli and cauliflower. Wait another two minutes – just long enough for the vegetables to loose their raw edge, and ladle into bowls. Top each bowl with some sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, and a bit of goat cheese.
Serves 4-6

Using what I had on hand, here is my recipe to serve 1:

2 cups vegetable broth (I used the Trader Joes kind where you mix a broth packet with water)
a shake or two of crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 cup whole wheat couscous
1/3 cup broccoli florets, cut into tiny pieces smaller than your thumb
½ cup celery, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/3 cup cut snap peas
about a teaspoon of Lite Soy Sauce (opt)

In a large pot, heat broth and red pepper flakes. When it comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the couscous and veggies. I like the veggies a little more cooked than Heidi, so I let this sit and cook for about 6-7 minutes. Stir in some soy sauce if you’d like, ladle into bowls and enjoy! I paired this with a portabella mushroom burger for a complete meal. As I write this, I’m thinking this Ten Minute Couscous Soup may be making an appearance at dinner again tonight!

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