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Easy One Pot Ground Lamb and Couscous

Tamara Andersen
Fragrant One Pot Minced Lamb and Couscous combines Middle Eastern spices with dried fruit, spinach, and chick peas in the ultimate quick and healthy one-pot meal!
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4
Calories 553 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 small red or yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground/minced lamb
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne more or less to taste
  • 1 cup broth/stock
  • 1 can chick peas rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup dried apricots diced (see notes)
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach large stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried couscous (see notes)
  • fresh mint or cilantro, chopped pistachios or toasted almonds, lemon wedges to garnish


  • Saute onion and garlic with olive oil in a large saute pan (use one with a cover that fits) over medium-high heat until fragrant and beginning to soften.
  • Add minced lamb. Break it up (I like to use a potato masher).
  • Add the cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, and cayenne. Continue cooking until the lamb no longer shows any pink, and the pan has very little or no liquid. (See notes).
  • Add the broth/stock, chick peas, and dried apricots. Bring liquid to a boil.
  • Add the spinach to the pan, and stir it in a bit to encourage wilting. 
  • Add the couscous, cover the pan, and remove from the heat.
  • Allow the dish to remain covered at least 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Serve with desired garnishes.


This recipe requires a "par-cooked" couscous (quick cooking). This is the type most typically found in US markets. If you substitute a different type of couscous, prepare according to the package instructions (still use broth rather than water), and omit the liquid from the rest of the dish. Stir in the couscous at the end.


Calories: 553kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 33gFat: 21g
Keyword 30 minute dinners, easy ground lamb recipes, lamb and couscous, quick weeknight dinners
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