Recipe: Herby Giant Cous Cous with Asparagus and Lemon

Herby Giant Cous Cous with Asparagus & Lemon

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Ocado

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganHappy National Vegetarian Week one and all!  I hope you have been celebrating in style and taking the opportunity to try some new recipes and interesting ingredients.

The lovely people at Ocado fittingly chose this week to launch their new vegetarian shop, and offered me the opportunity to try some of its products, err… yes please!  Like a kid in a sweetshop, I could wax lyrical about all the yummy products they now have in store, but instead will just suggest that you hop right over there now and have a look, you won’t be disappointed: 

Particularly veggie-tastic favourites include:

Today’s recipe is a speedy weeknight supper I put together with some lovely Ocado goodies.  You heard last week how much I love any food with ‘Giant’ in its name, so true to form, here’s some deliciously herby giant cous cous with asparagus and lemon, peas and pine nuts.  Below the recipe you will find links to the specific ingredients I used.

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Herby Giant Cous Cous with Asparagus and Lemon
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: Serves 2
  • 150g giant cous cous
  • 100g asparagus tips
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp walnut oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • Handful fresh parsley
  • Handful fresh mint
  • Handful baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the giant cous cous. After 5 minutes, add the asparagus and peas and boil for a further 4 minutes.
  2. Whilst the cous cous is cooking, in a mini-blender (or just a bowl, sharp knife and elbow grease!), blitz the walnut oil, lemon juice, parsley and mint.
  3. Drain the cous cous, and immediately stir through the herby dressing, and the baby spinach.
  4. Divide between two plates, and scatter with the pine nuts and lemon zest.
I used Ocado’s giant cous cous, asparagus tips, frozen peas, walnut oil, and pine nuts.

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I’ve entered this recipe in Jac’s Meat Free Mondays Challenge over at the fabulous Tinned Tomatoes – do hop over for a look.

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  1. I love giant couscous but never really cook it much. Now that asparagus is in season this is a great idea as an alternative to the ever present asparagus risotto! looks delicious

    1. Haha, yes I know what you mean – risotto overload, particularly in unimaginative restaurants it seems!

  2. I’ve not tried giant cous cous before, but if this is anything to go by, I’m pretty sure I’d like it. I’ve just bought some Cornish asparagus which will be the first of the season for me – can’t wait.

    1. Yum – fresh Cornish asparagus, lucky you! Enjoy x

  3. I don’t use giant couscous very often but I have no idea why – it looks perfect in this dish 🙂

    1. Thanks Becca – I’m particularly in love with the wholemeal version at the moment, even more nutty and interesting!

  4. I adore the look of your salad and just get stocked up on giant cous cous. I think my kids would enjoy this instead of regular cous cous which they love. Great to visit your blog, look forward to more recipes!

    1. Thanks Laura! Yes my 2 year old loves giant cous cous, (though calls it ‘pasta’ – I guess its not a million miles away!). Kate x

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