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Roasted Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Couscous

This tasty Whole Wheat Couscous Recipe is mixed with fresh basil and sweet roasted garlic! It’s a delicious side dish that comes together in less than 10 minutes.

Roasted Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Couscous

So, just in case you were wondering, making couscous with a 2 year old is not a good idea.

Normally when I’m cooking little man likes to be in the kitchen with me and serve as the sou chef. I have absolutely no problem with that, he pours things great and makes a mean scrambled eggs.

On this particular occasion, i.e. making couscous, it was a little messier than expected. I mean, all he really had to do was pour the stuff into the pot and stir. He was pouring the couscous in like a champ and then suddenly decided that, “hmmm… I think that looks like enough for the pot” and then continued to pour the rest of the 1/4 cup of couscous on the counter.

Let’s just say clean up was not fun. Do you know how small that stuff is? Very very small, it fits in the smallest of places which was not fun for cleanup. Ugh! Lesson learned!

Even though the cleanup was not fun, eating this Roasted Garlic & Herb Couscous dish was! This dish is literally done in less than 10 minutes. Couscous is very easy to make and with the additions of fresh basil and roasted garlic, it makes this dish very simple. It’s perfect to serve along side chicken, fish, or grilled vegetables.

How to Make This Easy Vegan Side Dish

To get started, bring 1 1/4 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling add 1 cup of dry whole wheat couscous, stir to combine.

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Cover and immediately remove from heat. Let sit for 5-7 minutes.

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In the meantime, minced 3 cloves of roasted garlic. {If you need to know how to roast garlic then check out this post, its super easy}

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Also, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons of fresh basil. Once couscous is finished, fluff with a fork.

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Next add in the minced roasted garlic, fresh basil, 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Stir everything together and serve.

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Roasted Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Couscous

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: North African
  • Diet: Vegan


This tasty Whole Wheat Couscous Recipe is mixed with fresh basil and sweet roasted garlic! It’s a delicious side dish that comes together in less than 10 minutes.


  • 1 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup of dry whole wheat couscous
  • 3 roasted garlic cloves, minced {instructions for roasting}
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Once boiling add whole wheat couscous, stir to combine.
  3. Cover and immediately remove from heat.
  4. Let couscous sit for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Fluff couscous with a fork.
  6. Next add in the minced roasted garlic, fresh basil, olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Stir everything together and serve.

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32 comments on “Roasted Garlic & Herb Whole Wheat Couscous”

  1. Hi,
    Quick question: would I be able to add sautéed garlic if I didn’t want to roast a whole bulb of garlic? I’m also thinking of adding lemon zest and hive to the recipe. I think that would brighten it up bit more too.

    1. You could but it will probably be a little bitter and strong. Roasting the garlic makes it sweeter. But definitely give it a try and let us know how it turns out Alaysia!

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    Carrie This Home

    This looks so delicious! It doesn’t help that I’m really hungry as I’m typing this 🙂 Pinning this now and hoping to try it out soon.

    1. haha.. I do the same thing. I always look at food or recipes when I’m hungry. Not at good thing when I’m looking at burgers or desserts. 🙂 Thanks for the pin girl, have a great rest of the week!

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Hahhah, I know what you mean. I once spilled a cup of cous cous because someone (I mean the husband) scared the pants out of me while pouring into the pot and it went everywhere. I was not happy. We eat cous cous a lot at home and I love it. Love this roasted garlic and herb version 🙂

    1. haha.. then yes you totally understand. Cleanup = no bueno = not fun! Can’t wait to hear what you and the hub think of the roasted garlic version. 🙂

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Oh man, I eat couscous like it’s going out of style! I am drooling over the roasted garlic and basil addition…that just changed my couscous world! pinned!

    1. Well first off, whip the drool of the keyboard and then go print out this recipe to make. It will rock your world… well couscous world that is. 🙂 Thanks for the pin Taylor!

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Krista, I love couscous and how quickly you can prepare it! These are some great flavors! Roasted garlic is always delicious!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    It’s been forever since I’ve made couscous. Love the roasted garlic variety. Looks like a mighty good side dish!

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite

    Hahaha, your 2 year old reminds me of my wife. Once in a while, she gets an urge to help me in the kitchen… but then something always isn’t done the way I would want it done (and I’m sorta kinda a control freak), and then a slight quarrel ensues, haha. All in good fun though.

    Mmm, I love roasted garlic anything…. what a great side dish!

    1. haha… you always crack me up Chris! My husband and I have that problem too, we have an agreement now “If I don’t have anything nice to say in the kitchen… I get out and he works by himself.” 🙂 Thanks on the foodie props!

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    Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Okay, you have seriously encouraged me to make this! I’ve never made couscous. In fact, I’ve only heard of it because of the Food Network channel. I obviously live in the wrong region… I’ve never even seen it in my local market. (But, that’s one of the main reasons I branch out and shop at another place that has foods like this.) Love how you joined it with all of this amazing garlic! I can smell it now…. 😉

    1. haha… you always make me smile!

      Gloria you so need to try it. Its in the rice section of the supermarket or it is at least by us. Can’t wait to hear whatcha think of it especially with the roasted garlic! 🙂

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    I was looking fo rthe perfect side dish to take to a friends for the weekend….I just found it ! Thanks For sharing.

    1. Love when that happens! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how the weekend goes and what they think of the couscous! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. You pretty just made couscous irresistible with this recipe! This would be perfect to rotate into our side dishes!

    1. Oh.. thanks Mary Frances. What I love about this is how easy it is, definitely a great side dish to rotate in. So glad you stopped by girl! 🙂

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    I love all the different flavors going on in this couscous. Would be perfect next to some roast chicken! pinned.

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    Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner

    This looks really great Krista! Perfect side dish for many other meals…. pinned!

  13. I love this side dish — it’s got great flavors going on, and it’s so versatile! Looks delicious, Krista. 🙂

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    Hats off to you Krista for making this awesome looking dish while taking care of a 2-year old. You can definitely multi-task, 4 sure! 🙂

    1. haha.. thanks Mike. It definitely proves to be quite a challenge at times but what can I say, my little guy loves to be in the kitchen cooking with me. 🙂 Next Wolfgang Puck?