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.
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.
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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