Smoked pumpkin with minted Couscous

Recipe: Smoked pumpkin with minted couscous

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Recipe by, a not-for-profit organization

Difficulty: Easy

Ready In: 35 Minutes

Serves: 6


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • ½-1 Tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 tomatoes, skinned and diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 400g butternut or pumpkin, peeled and sliced into 2-3 cm chunks
  • sprigs of mint

Minted couscous

  • 375g instant couscous
  • 500 ml boiling water
  • 4 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • Pinch salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a heavy-based saucepan.
  2. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute over medium heat.
  3. Add paprika, cumin, ginger, salt, pepper, tomato purée, tomatoes, water and pumpkin and stir well.
  4. Bring to the boil, partly cover with a lid, reduce heat and simmer gently for about 20 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.
  5. Place couscous in a bowl.
  6. Pour boiling water into a measuring jug, stir in mint then pour over couscous.
  7. Cover tightly with cling-film and stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Uncover and fluff up the couscous with a fork.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve the pumpkin with the minted couscous. Garnish with sprigs of mint.

Nutrition Information Panel

Per Serving [6 Serves]
Total fat3.5g
– saturated fat0.4g
– sugars6.3g

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