Roasted vegetable couscous recipe

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This roasted vegetable couscous is easy and quick to make and you'll be getting a healthy serving of your 5-a-day. Peppers, courgettes and tomatoes bring plenty of flavour to couscous - which is a healthy alternative to pasta or rice

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories280 Kcal14%
Sugar10 g11%
Fat7 g10%
Saturated Fat1 g5%
Salt0.2 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Salt0.2 gRow 5 - Cell 2

This roasted vegetable couscous is packed with the delicious flavours of charred courgette, pepper and red onion.

Couscous is such a great addition to midweek meals. Firstly, it's quick to cook, and very easy. You don't even need an extra pan for it, just a heatproof bowl and a kettle. Secondly, it's healthy. Couscous is a plant-based protein (excellent for vegetarians and vegans), and it contains more vitamins and minerals than other common carbohydrates like white rice. This roasted vegetable couscous makes a delicious meal in itself, but if you want something a little more substantial, serve it as a side dish topped with a piece of grilled salmon or pork escalopes. Alternatively, for vegetarians add some grilled halloumi.


  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 courgettes, sliced
  • 1 large red or regular onion, sliced
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 300g couscous
  • 450ml reduced salt vegetable stock
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • Ground black pepper




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Put the peppers, courgettes and onion into a roasting tin and add the vegetable oil, tossing to coat. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, turning over after 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, put the couscous into a heatproof bowl and add the hot stock, stirring to mix. Cover and leave for 10-15 minutes to soak and swell, then stir with a fork to fluff up the grains.
  4. Remove the vegetables from the oven and add the cherry tomatoes and couscous, stirring them through. Season with some pepper. Return to the oven for a further 5 minutes to heat through, then serve.

Top tip for making roasted vegetable couscous

You can make this dish go further (and keep it suitable for vegans) by adding a drained can of chickpeas to the raw couscous before you add the hot stock.

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Octavia Lillywhite
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Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.