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Ham & Spinach Couscous

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


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • hhoupt
    Aug 1, 2017

    This has become a favorite go-to recipe. I always use broth instead of plain water.

  • sdipiazza
    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
    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
    May 23, 2012

    Very good. Did use more vegetables.

  • amandasue35
    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
    Jan 19, 2011

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

  • Pilotswife
    Jan 27, 2010

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  • wiscook
    Dec 28, 2009

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

  • nicolemeo
    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.