couscous vegetable soup

Want a hearty and healthy lunch? This soup makes the grade and it’s flexible enough so that you can add in whatever vegetables you’ve got lingering about in your fridge. I wanted to use up the bits and bobs of vegetables, so for me it was broccoli, carrots and onion. For you, it might be zucchini, red pepper, cauliflower and spinach. Whatever, mix it up. Live a little.

When I was making this soup, I was also in the middle of work. So I let this soup sit a bit longer on the stove than I wanted and thus, the couscous soaked up more of the broth than I would have normally liked. But rather than go mushy and bland like regular pasta, the couscous still had bite and chew. Israeli couscous is a very forgiving grain and my lunch was delicious.

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32 comments to “couscous vegetable soup”

  1. 1
    celine   March 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I’ll have some of this along with a few pancakes, por favor.
    I only had Israeli couscous once. I wonder if there’s a whole grain version of it. not that it’s a must, but I’m curious now.

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    Dana Treat   March 11, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I think soup is very difficult to photograph and you did a terrific job! I love Israeli couscous but have never tried it in a soup – looks great.

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    Culinary Wannabe   March 12, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Great idea for using up miscellaneous vegetables. I’m not proud to say that too often I let some of our leftover veggies spoil before I try and use them up.

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    VeggieGirl   March 12, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Mmm, comforting soup!!

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    gemma   March 12, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I love these photos! This soup looks perfect for spring.

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    Miss Kate   March 12, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Mmm! I’m always wondering what to do with my leftover cous cous. Now I know that it makes a great soup!

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    Bijoux   March 12, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Lovely photo of the soup! Almost reminds me of a bowl of beads or caviar :) I have no Israeli couscous at the moment but I can just imagine all kinds of veggie variations for this soup. A good recipe to keep in mind.

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    Katerina   March 12, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I keep meaning to try Israeli couscous. Looks yummy.

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    CookiePie   March 12, 2009 at 9:54 am

    That looks so hearty and delicious!! I love Israeli couscous — it’s so fun to eat :)

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    Hayley   March 12, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I’ve never had Israeli couscous, but it looks so much more substantial than its counterpart. I can’t wait to start experimenting. Thanks!

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    Anne Living Life   March 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I just happen to have all of these ingrediants in my fridge right now. What a great dinner idea. Thanks!!

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    barefoot rooster   March 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    thanks for this — i’ve been lurking for awhile but it is time to say hello. i’m miserably sick this week, and this soup is the first thing i’ve felt like preparing and eating — simple and restorative.

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    Daily Spud   March 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I do like that larger grained couscous, it’s perfect for soupy dishes like this.

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    Not Another Omnivore   March 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Mmmm vegan…

    NAOmni

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    Betsy   March 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    You have the cutest blog. And I love the simplicity of this recipe – looks delish!

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    kickpleat   March 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Celine, I think there is a whole grain version….

    Dana, I had light on my side! It’s been sunny lately here which is nice.

    Shame shame, culinary :)

    It’s definitely comfort, VeggieGirl!

    Thanks gemma.

    Miss Kate, try it, you’ll like it :)

    Thanks, Bijoux.

    What are you waiting for, Katerina?

    I agree, Cookiepie.

    It is, Hayley. Have fun!

    Thanks Betsy :)

    Anne, I hope you gave this a shot.

    Thanks for de-lurking, barefoot! It’s perfect sick-time soup. Get better.

    Definitely, spud.

    Yup, you’re on a role Naomni.

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    redmenace   March 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I just LOVE Israeli couscous. It goes well with everything, but I wish it was easier to find around here. Thanks so much for this!!

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    Finsmom   March 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Ive never thought to put couscous is soup before! What a great idea! Another great sounding recipe!

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    Melynda   March 14, 2009 at 6:07 am

    I keep seeing that couscous, I will need to get some. The soup looks great.

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    kickpleat   March 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks finsmom!

    Redmenace, I’m sure it would be fine with plain ol’ couscous too.

    Melynda, try it with regular couscous and good luck on your search.

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    heidi leon   March 16, 2009 at 8:39 am

    wow, this is something I must try! Thanks for the recipe

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    Crystal   March 17, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Yum, and yum, and yum.

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    Anonymous   March 17, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    this was delicious… i never comment… but i made a big pot of chicken soup last night and added the couscous instead of my usual pasta… it was just damn good…
    =o)

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    kickpleat   March 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    No problem, heidileon, it’s delicious!

    You said it, Crystal!

    Yay, anon, so glad you tried it!

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    Sally Mae   March 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    this soup looks fabulous! I need to make this AND your raspberry scones. Super yummy and really cute blog you have:)

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    MsGourmet   March 23, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Just LOVE Israeli couscous!

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    kickpleat   March 23, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Sally Mae!

    MsGourmet, me too!

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    Tehmi   March 24, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I am so excited to try this! Thank you so much for all the great recipes and ideas! I love it here!
    Thanks again!

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    Kasey   March 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Israeli couscous is one of the most fun things to eat (I love the chewy/toasted flavor). I’ve never put it in a soup, but this looks particularly tempting.

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    kickpleat   March 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Tehmi, I hope you enjoy this soup!

    Kasey, you’ll definitely love this soup, then!

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    Brent Leigh   March 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Excellent rec-soup-pee. Quick, healthy and broadens most horizons.

    I agree on the photo quality comment too, cook and photographer, what else do you do?

    Potato Mountain

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    Anne   June 29, 2009 at 6:14 am

    I used your recipe as a base for the soup I made last night. It was really good! I'm so glad I saw this recipe and was inspired to pick up some Israeli couscous :D Thanks!

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