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Toasted Whole Wheat Middle Eastern Couscous

Toasted Middle Eastern Whole Wheat Couscous is our largest-sized traditional Middle Eastern pearl pasta. Made from 100% whole durum wheat flour, the pasta pearls are lightly toasted to enhance their pleasantly nutty flavor. Light brown in color, it has a soft, chewy texture when cooked.

  • Soft, chewy texture when cooked

  • Toasty, nutty taste, absorbs other flavors well

  • Par-cooked for quick cooking

  • High in fiber and protein

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    Suggested uses

  • Sturdy and firm, it can be used in place of rice or pasta to provide unique texture and variety

  • Can be served hot in soups, stews and casseroles

  • Use a bed of couscous instead of rice with curries or stir-fry meals

  • Chill and incorporate into salads

  • Basic prep

    Bring 4 cups of water to boil with a pinch of salt. Add 1 cup of couscous. Boil gently for 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water or serve immediately.

    Storage & handling

    Store in a dry, cool place.


    Whole wheat flour. Contains wheat.

    Toasted Middle Eastern Whole Wheat Couscous is a larger-sized pearl pasta, on of the largest varieties of the semolina pasta that hails from the cuisines of North Africa and the Middle East. This couscous is made from 100% whole durum wheat flour that is moistened with water and rolled to form spheres. It is then lightly toasted to enhance the pleasantly nutty flavor.

    Couscous is believed to have originated in North Africa, with references to it in cookbooks going back as far as the 13th century. The word "couscous" derives from the Arabic word "kaskasa," meaning "to pound small."

    Traditional couscous is extremely labor intensive to prepare, and is usually steamed. However, the most prominent form of couscous typically found in supermarkets today is the quick-cook type.

    Couscous can be eaten alone either flavored or plain, warm or cold, or as part of a side dish. In its native North Africa, it is traditionally paired with meats and vegetables and served with a sauce. It provides a unique alternative to rice or pasta, due to its adaptability to a variety of flavor profiles.

    High in fiber and protein and low in fat, it is a heart-healthy option that provides a unique alternative to rice or other pastas. A staple food in countries including Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon, and popular worldwide, couscous is known for its adaptability and texture.

    Classic recipe

    Middle Eastern Chicken Meatball and Couscous Soup

    This exotic and fragrant take on classic chicken noodle soup owes its aromatic flavors to our Ras el Hanout, a traditional Middle Eastern spice blend. Our hearty and substantial Toasted Middle Eastern Couscous provides just the right amount of chewy texture and nutty flavor.