Couscous with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomato

Couscous with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomato

World Cuisine African North African Egyptian

A delicate, flavorful dish that will satisfy vegans and carnivores alike! Inspired by my family's deep Coptic Orthodox Christian tradition, this is a great meal alternative during strict fasting times. It contains no animal products or fats, but has enough flavor and visual impact to make you feel like you're not sacrificing a thing! I hope you will enjoy this recipe. Add chicken or prawns to make this vegan dish a carnivorous delight!

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 528
Preparation time: 20m
Total cooking time: 50m


  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 cups pearl (Israeli) couscous
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  • 1   Bring 1 1/4 cup vegetable broth and water to a boil in a saucepan, stir in couscous, and mix in salt and black pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 8 minutes.
  • 2   Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; stir in pine nuts and cook, stirring frequently, until pine nuts smell toasted and are golden brown, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  • 3   Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a saucepan; cook and stir garlic and shallot in the hot oil until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir black olives and sun-dried tomatoes into garlic mixture and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often. Slowly pour in 1 cup vegetable broth and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce has reduced, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • 4   Transfer couscous to a large serving bowl, mix with sauce, and serve topped with parsley and pine nuts.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 29.3g 45%
    Saturated Fat 4.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg  
Sodium 455mg 18%
Potassium 434mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 55.5g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5.4g 22%
Protein 13g 26%
Sugars 3g  
Vitamin A 1223IU  
Vitamin C 17mg  
Calcium 69mg  
Iron 4mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 5mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 69mg  
Folate 50mcg