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Spicy Couscous & Tomato Soup

This vegetarian soup has a wonderful Middle Eastern flavor. It's low in calories and fat, which makes it great for those of us trying to watch our weight. —Rita Combs, Valdosta, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 2 medium sweet yellow peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked couscous


  • In a Dutch oven, saute peppers and onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  • Stir in couscous; cover and cook 4-6 minutes longer or until couscous is tender.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 106 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 812mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.

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  • annrms
    Feb 19, 2018

    This is a great recipe with unusual but delicious spicy tastes. I didn't have fresh plum tomatoes, so I used a can of whole plum tomatoes with the juice. To offset the possible harshness of the canned tomatoes, I added a small diced carrot. Before adding the broth, I added all of the spices so they would bloom. I had rinsed out the can and since there was a bit of tomato juice in the can, I used 2/3 cup whole wheat couscous.I wanted a smoother, sipping-style soup, so I blended it with my immersion blender before adding the couscous. I brought it back to a high simmer and added the couscous. I found it took about 10 minutes for the couscous to cook. If you enjoy "spicy", not exceedingly so, this is a great soup to try.