Couscous and Merguez Sausages

Couscous and Merguez Sausages

Merguez is a red, spicy sausage, originally from North Africa. It is made with lamb and/or beef, and flavoured with a wide range of spices and a hot chili paste that gives it a red colour. It is traditionally grilled and served with a vegetable couscous.

4 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 35 min

680 calories per serving 


1 clove garlic, pressed    
1 yellow or red sweet peppers, cut into 2 cm squares   200 g
3 zucchini, dice into 2 cm cubes   380 g
2 carrots, diced into 2 cm cubes   200 g
1 turnips, diced into 2 cm cubes   170 g
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil   23 mL
1 tsp couscous spice (ras-el-hanout)   3 g
1/2 dried chili peppers, minced   0.4 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
1 1/3 cup canned tomatoes, low sodium   340 g
1 cup water   250 mL
1 1/2 cup chickpeas/garbanzo beans (canned), drained and rinsed   375 mL
8 merguez sausage   360 g
1 1/4 cup couscous, whole wheat   200 g


  1. Prepare the vegetables: press the garlic and cut all the vegetables into 2 cm pieces. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté 1 min, paying attention not to let it burn. Add the ras-el-hanout and the chili pepper. Cook the spices 1 min with stirring.
  2. Add the vegetables, salt and pepper, then sauté 5 min. Add the tomatoes, cover and cook until all vegetables are cooked al dente, about 20 min. Add the water and chickpeas. Adjust the seasoning, then cook 5 min. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, put the sausages on a medium-hot grill and cook until they are brown and crisp, about 7 min. Alternatively, sauté the sausages in a thick-bottom pan.
  4. When ready to serve, cook the couscous. Serve the sausages with the vegetables and couscous.


The vegetables may be cooked a few days in advance. The sausages and couscous may be cooked just before serving.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (600g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




31 g

47 %

Saturated 10 g
+ Trans 1 g

54 %


65 mg


800 mg

33 %


75 g

25 %


12 g

48 %


8 g


28 g

Vitamin A

100 %

Vitamin C

130 %


10 %


35 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: servings
Grain Products: 2 servings
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Low :
Calories, Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, Sodium
Source of :
Calcium, Vitamin D
Good source of :
Copper, Vitamin B1, Vitamin K
Excellent source of :
Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Lamb | Vegetables | Main courses/Entrées | Halal | High Fibre | High Iron | Kosher | Low Calorie | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Braise/Stew | Moroccan

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