Spicy merguez & couscous pot

Spicy merguez & couscous pot

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 2
Pack up this spicy sausage stew as part of a hearty lunch - simply heat in the microwave for a filling midday meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal552
  • fat26g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre7g
  • protein27g
  • salt3.9g
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  • drizzle of olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 merguez sausages (about 250g/9oz)
  • ½ preserved lemon, peel only, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 fat red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp ras el hanout
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes with olives
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • handful of coriander, finely chopped
  • 100g couscous



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


  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Squeeze the sausagemeat from the skins and shape into 8 meatballs. Add them to the pan and sizzle on a medium-high heat for 5-10 mins, rolling around the pan, until they are cooked. Set aside.

  2. Drain the fat from the pan, leaving 1 tbsp behind. Reduce the heat and add the lemon, onion, chilli and pepper. Stir for 5 mins. Add the ras el hanout and stir for 1 min more.

  3. Add the tomatoes and 300ml water, and crumble in the stock cube. Return the meatballs to the pan and simmer, covered with a lid, for 10-15 mins, until the sauce is rich and the veg are tender. Season and stir in the coriander. Transfer to 2 microwavable containers with tight-fitting lids, and chill until you’re ready to eat. Weigh 50g couscous into 2 sandwich bags to take to work too.

  4. When you’re ready to eat, add the couscous to the cold sauce. Stir well and microwave for 3 mins, until the couscous is cooked through.

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4th Oct, 2015
made this recipe for dinner for two people, so added 100g of couscous at the end of cooking with a bit more water. Didn't have any tinned tomatoes with olives so just used chopped toms and didn't miss the olives. Also left the sausages whole - didn't make meatballs from them. Very nice and easy recipe.
19th Sep, 2015
where can i buy merguez from?
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