Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

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Ready in 35-40 minutes, plus draining time


Serves 4
Adding dried fruit, fresh mint and warm spices to savoury dishes is typical of North African cooking. Quorn replaces meat in this recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal497
  • fat16g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre9g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.21g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 2 medium onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 350g pack Quorn mince
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 100g ready-to-eat dried apricots, quartered



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 600ml vegetable stock

For the couscous

  • 280g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • grated zest of 2 lemons



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 50g unsalted cashews, toasted under the grill



    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…


  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan, add the onions and cook gently for 5 minutes until they soften. Stir in the Quorn and spices (unlike meat and poultry, Quorn doesn’t need to be browned), then add the apricots and stock. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and cook gently for 10-15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, make up the couscous following the packet instructions – it will take about 450ml boiling water to give it a nice fluffy texture. Fork through the lemon zest and mint. Season to taste.

  3. Spoon the couscous onto serving plates, pile the Quorn mixture on top and scatter with the cashews.

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Comments (67)

timjbart's picture

Delicious and quick, not at all dry. Used lamb mince

nicolajb's picture

The mince was really enjoyable, however would not use as much lemon zest next time in the couscous.

nikkinoodle40's picture

Followed the recipe verbatum but didn't think you could taste the individual flavours particularly distinctly.

Wouldn't bother making again, edible but not a favourite in our family.

laura-stu's picture

Made this last night for for friends over for dinner - was very quick and easy so ideal for midweek. Used lamb mince instead of quorn and added some lemon juice and olive oil to the cous cous. I'm not usually a fan of fruit in savoury dishes, but once the mince has simmered the apricots add a subtle sweetness.

jonellepriest's picture

Just served this for supper and the whole family loved it - even the fussy ones! Added a tin of peas - as per some suggestions - and it was great!

slippery_chimp's picture

Something about the mix of spices just didn't work for me

huxley-radish's picture

Made with quorn - not a veggie, just don't like to eat too much fatty red meat - and it was wonderful. My boyfriend who lives of super noodles when I'm not feeding him was amazed at how lovely this was. Will be done at one of my pot luck dinner parties. Thanks :D

madashatters's picture

Very tasty and easy to make

gwenniep's picture

Absolutely delicious, lovely vegetarian recipe easy to make.

hungry_jenny's picture

Oops forgot to rate.

hungry_jenny's picture

Tried this last night and the flavour of the spices with the mince is gorgeous...but shortly realised that the taste of toasted cashew nuts really doesn't agree with me! This quickly put me off during the rest of the meal which was really disappointing as the mince was really nice.

I also thought to just add a mixture of dried fruit rather than apricots as it's what I had in the cupboard but that really didn't work either. Oh well, trial and error.

Will try again minus the cashews and dried fruit!

sandraleeben's picture

Really liked the couscous! Cashews, mint and lemon zest give it the real kick. Used dried mint, though, cause I find fresh too overpowering. I also agree with the others that it might need some more veggies...squash and pepper would work well, i think.

stesar's picture

I made this tonight the family loved it, I added peas to it & mixed the mince with pasta. was great, will make again.

emmyloug's picture

I really enjoyed this recipe - the toasted cashews really make it. As there was only me eating it, I made the full amount as per stage 1 and then froze the other 3 portions for a later date which worked well.

saucydevil's picture

Really nice, easy dish, not being a veggie I used mince. Didn't find it dry at all. Will be making this again soon.

jompower's picture

We used lamb mince instead of quorn but it was quite dry and the children thought it was very sweet might make it again but I doubt it.

vgibson's picture

Made it with Lamb Mince and added some red pepper and peas to the mince. Yummy :-)

grahamef's picture

So easy and absolutely delicious - made it with both low fat mince and quorn, works well with either.

lisa_stone's picture

Used lamb mince as I had some spare and extra cinnamon. Very tasty

jodutton's picture

good recipe but I wasn't very keen on the combination of the cumin and cinnamon


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