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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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."

Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"Very good. Did use more vegetables."

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."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

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

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

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

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