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.
couscous vegetable soup
1/2 c israeli couscous
2 c vegetable broth
1 small carrot, diced
1/2 – 1 c broccoli, chopped
1/4 small onion, diced
salt & pepper
a few healthy dashes of your favorite hot sauce
Heat up couscous in broth. When it starts to boil, add in vegetables. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes and serve with your favorite hot sauce, a few grinds of pepper and a sprinkle of salt, if needed.
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.
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.
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.
Mmm, comforting soup!!
I love these photos! This soup looks perfect for spring.
Mmm! I’m always wondering what to do with my leftover cous cous. Now I know that it makes a great soup!
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.
I keep meaning to try Israeli couscous. Looks yummy.
That looks so hearty and delicious!! I love Israeli couscous — it’s so fun to eat 🙂
I’ve never had Israeli couscous, but it looks so much more substantial than its counterpart. I can’t wait to start experimenting. Thanks!
I just happen to have all of these ingrediants in my fridge right now. What a great dinner idea. Thanks!!
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.
I do like that larger grained couscous, it’s perfect for soupy dishes like this.
You have the cutest blog. And I love the simplicity of this recipe – looks delish!
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!
Miss Kate, try it, you’ll like it 🙂
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.
Yup, you’re on a role Naomni.
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!!
Ive never thought to put couscous is soup before! What a great idea! Another great sounding recipe!
I keep seeing that couscous, I will need to get some. The soup looks great.
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.
wow, this is something I must try! Thanks for the recipe
Yum, and yum, and yum.
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…
No problem, heidileon, it’s delicious!
You said it, Crystal!
Yay, anon, so glad you tried it!
this soup looks fabulous! I need to make this AND your raspberry scones. Super yummy and really cute blog you have:)
Just LOVE Israeli couscous!
Thanks for stopping by Sally Mae!
MsGourmet, me too!
I am so excited to try this! Thank you so much for all the great recipes and ideas! I love it here!
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.
Tehmi, I hope you enjoy this soup!
Kasey, you’ll definitely love this soup, then!
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?
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 😀 Thanks!