Saffron Couscous

Number of Servings: 4 (199 g)
Active Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 20 min.
Saffron Couscous

If you don’t have currants on hand, substitute raisins to get the sweet, fruity burst in this luxuriously simple couscous. Saffron is a luxury item, we know, but a pinch of turmeric gives a similar color for a lovely dish. Serve with your favorite Mediterranean or Middle Eastern main courses in place of rice.


  • 1½ cups whole-grain couscous
  • 1½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Large pinch of saffron
  • ½ cup currants
  • ½ bunch scallions, chopped
  • ½ cup black olives, pitted and slivered
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Put couscous in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring broth and saffron to a boil.
  3. Pour broth over couscous, stir once or twice, and cover bowl tightly with a plate or aluminum foil. Let sit 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  4. Add currants, scallions, olives and pepper. Toss to mix well; serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

Serving Size 199 g

Amount per serving
Calories 280
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 180mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 2g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 2g
Protein 9g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 51.5mg 4%
Iron 1.6mg 10%
Potassium 180mg 4%
Vitamin A 33.4mcg 4%
Vitamin C 8.3mg 8%
Vitamin E 0.7mg 6%
Vitamin K 27.7mcg 25%
Thiamin 0.1mg 8%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 8%
Niacin 4.2mg 25%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 6%
Folate 22.1mcg 6%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 2.1mcg 6%
Chloride 2.2mg 0%
Pantothenate 0.8mg 20%
Phosphorus 121.6mg 10%
Iodine 0.3mcg 0%
Magnesium 33.6mg 8%
Zinc 0.7mg 10%
Selenium 0.3mcg 0%
Copper 0.2mg 20%
Manganese 0.6mg 25%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 30.5mcg 70%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Low Sodium Vegetable Broth (water, Organic Carrots, Organic Celery, Organic Onions, Organic Leeks, Organic Tomato Puree (organic Tomatoes, Sea Salt, Citric Acid), Organic Mushrooms, Organic Garlic, Organic Spices, Organic Sea Salt), Couscous (100% Durum Wheat Semolina), Black Olives (ripe Olives, Water, Salt, Ferrous Gluconate (to Stabilize Color)), Currants, Scallions, Saffron.

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