Harissa Spiced Giant Couscous

Harissa Spiced Giant Cous Cous

Having a barbecue on a week night most definitely means it’s the summer holidays. Oh, I do love the holidays, we all needed a break from the usual crazy rushing around routine. For us having a family barbecue is a lovely way to relax and enjoy our favourite foods.

When Sainsbury’s asked food bloggers to try their giant couscous I thought our barbecue would be the perfect time to experiment. Giant couscous is much larger than regular couscous and is made from wheat flour. It’s quite similar to small pasta in texture. For this recipe I’ve teamed the giant couscous with spicy harissa paste and sweet roasted peppers resulting in this super tasty side dish which we enjoyed with our barbecue feast. It’s a really simple recipe and tasted great with our burgers, sausages and salad. I know I’ll be making it again and again.

Here’s my recipe for Harissa Spiced Giant Couscous.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
Olive oil
100g giant couscous
1/2 tablespoon harissa paste
1 spring onion (sliced)
Small bunch of curly leaf parsley (chopped)
Salt and black pepper


1. Pre heat your oven to Fan 200c.

2. Cut the peppers in half, remove the stalk, seeds and pith. Brush the outside with a little oil and place on a non stick roasting tray skin side up. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

4. Meanwhile, place the giant couscous in a medium size saucepan. Cover with cold water and then bring to the boil. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until cooked through, then drain.

5. Peel the skin off the peppers and then chop into 1cm square pieces.

6. Place the giant couscous in a bowl, add the chopped peppers, harissa paste, spring onion and parsley. Season generously with salt and black pepper, then mix well. Serve at room temperature.

Harissa Spiced Giant Cous Cous

Have you ever tried giant couscous? I’d love to know if you have a special way to cook it.

Until next time.


Disclosure: Sainsbury’s sponsored me to write this post. All opinions are honest and my own. The recipe is my own.


9 thoughts on “Harissa Spiced Giant Couscous

  1. Le Coin de Mel says:

    Julie, this looks delicious (great photo by the way) and I love couscous (have not had it yet this year). Must try this giant variety. Pinning as usual! If you ever write a cookbook, I will definitely buy it!

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