10 delicious couscous recipes

Whether as part of a hearty summer salad, alongside a gorgeous Middle Eastern roast, or as a crumb for fresh fish, couscous is a nutritious and versatile grain that is a brilliant vehicle for rich flavours. Take a look at some of our lovely dishes that make the most of this storecupboard staple.

Piri piri squash, feta and couscous salad
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Piri piri squash, feta and couscous salad

This vegetarian-friendly BBQ delight is packed with butternut squash and feta cheese, and lifted with a delicious piri piri glaze.

To make this on the barbecue instead of in the oven, cut the peeled squash into 2.5cm (1in) thick slices so it can’t fall through the bars. Coat with oil and paprika, then cook directly on the barbecue for 15 minutes, turning occasionally, until softened and slightly charred. Brush with the piri piri sauce, to glaze, then cook for 5 more minutes.

If cooking in the oven, preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with the olive oil and paprika. Season well and spread out on a roasting tray. Roast for 25 minutes, turning halfway through. Add the piri piri sauce, tossing carefully to coat the squash and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes, until glazed and caramelised. Set aside.

Cover the couscous with 300ml (½pt) boiling water in a bowl. Cover and set aside for a few minutes until the water has been absorbed. Fluff up with a fork. Add the roasted squash, cubed feta, cherry tomatoes and chopped mint and toss gently together. Season to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  • Ingredients
  • 900g (1lb 15oz) butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2.5cm (1in) cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp piri piri sauce
  • 200g (7oz) couscous
  • 1 x 200g pack feta cheese, cut into cubes
  • 200g (7oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • small handful fresh mint, roughly chopped
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