Ham & Spinach Couscous Recipe
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Ham & Spinach Couscous Recipe

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A simple way to dress up couscous, this colorful, foolproof dish makes a lovely one-pot meal when time's tight. —Lisa Shannon, Cullman, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 248 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 727mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the water, ham, spinach and garlic salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Ham & Spinach Couscous in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p41

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 263397
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"I cut the recipe in half for the two of us. Used some powdered bouillon in the water and a little powdered garlic. It could have used a bit more liquid but the taste was good and it was insanely quick to make."

ConnieK User ID: 282614 117725
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Very good and insanely quick and simple to make with only 6 ingredients. Great for a busy weeknight and easily adaptable to many different tastes (such as adding broth instead of water and using other meats such as chicken or shrimp). Thanks so much for sharing this recipe."

angela leach User ID: 1049565 115343
Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"Very good. Did use more vegetables."

amandasue35 User ID: 5317782 144961
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"This would also be great for brunch. Being from the South, we love our grits, and the couscous is so similar."

lhmn8 User ID: 2573899 182935
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"this looks really good, we love couscous. Will add some bullion to the boing water for added flavor."

wiscook User ID: 1143528 106595
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"couscous just doesn't seem to have any flavor, needs more spices."

nicolemeo User ID: 4152032 144960
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"This was incredibly easy and quick - perfect for a busy weeknight meal for my husband and I. I used pre-cooked chicken instead of ham, and added a little bit of italian seasoning in addition to the garlic. I will definitely add this to my list of good "last minute" meals."

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