Pine nut and Currant Couscous with Butternut Squash

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Recipe: #39683

October 16, 2022

Categories: Couscous, Squash,

"Recipe source: The Mediterranean Table cookbook"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (943.5 g)
  • Calories 660.7
  • Total Fat - 26.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 20.4 mg
  • Sodium - 2091 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 63.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 11 g
  • Sugars - 15.3 g
  • Protein - 45.9 g
  • Calcium - 160.1 mg
  • Iron - 5.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 92.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a saucepan over medium heat heat the olive oil and then add the onions and cook stirring frequently for 10 minutes or until softened and lightly browned.

Step 2

Stir in the next 5 ingredients (-cumin) and 1/2 teaspoon salt and the red pepper flakes and cook for another 3-5 minutes or until tomatoes begin to break down. Stir in the squash, chickpeas, 3 cups of broth, lemon zest and currants and bring to a simmer.

Step 3

Partially cover pan and cook for 25-30 minutes or until squash is tender. Stir in spinach and cook, stirring for a few more minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Stir in lemon juice.

Step 4

While the vegetables are cooking prepare the couscous. In a saucepan over medium heat add 1 1/2 cups broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the couscous. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed. Fluff with fork.

Step 5

Spoon couscous into serving bowls and top with vegetable mixture and sprinkle pine nuts over the top of each bowl.

Step 6

***Hint to make the squash easier to peel: buy one squash that weighs 2 pounds (as he seeds and stem will use up at least 1/2 pound), microwave it on high for 5 minutes and then it will be easier to peel.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


Like JostLori, I too used Israeli couscous. Great way to serve the succulent vegetable combination over couscous that we enjoyed. Please forgive me, but I completely forgot about the pinenuts. The vegetables makes a lot and next time I will cut it down to about half or a bit less to match the amount of servings and amount of couscous. Thank you, ellie, for sharing. Made it “For your Consideration”.


review by:
(9 Feb 2023)


This is absolutely delicious! It does come out a little soupy, but that is what makes it unexpectedly great! Followed everything exactly, except left out the currants. Used Israeli couscous because we prefer the bigger pearl. Hubby didn't want meatless, so I served it with a few slices of grilled pork chop on top. Can't wait to have it again!


review by:
(23 Oct 2022)

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