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Ham & Spinach Couscous Recipe

Ham & Spinach Couscous Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Ham & Spinach Couscous

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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."

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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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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