Original Plain


Our original plain couscous is a great way to add a special touch to your meal. The small granules of Mediterranean-style pasta made from 100% semolina wheat cook to fluffy perfection in 5 minutes and can be easily combined with many spices for a new experience every time.

Near East® Original Plain Couscous is Kosher Certified *OU*.


Ingredients & Nutrition

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: Size 1/3 cup dry couscous (62 g)
Servings Per Container: about 4.5 (dry)
Amount Per Serving   As Packaged   As Prepared
Calories   220   250
Calories from Fat   5   30
% Daily Value **
Total Fat 0.5g   1%   6%
Saturated Fat 0g   0%   3%
Trans Fat 0g    
Cholesterol 0mg   0%   0%
Sodium 0mg   0%   0%
Potassium 120mg   3%   3%
Total Carbs 46g   15%   15%
Dietary Fiber 3g   10%   10%
Sugars 0g    
Protein 8g    
Vitamin A   0%   0%
Vitamin C   0%   0%
Calcium   0%   0%
Iron   4%   4%
Thiamin   10%   10%
Niacin   10%   10%

Preparation Instructions

Range Top Directions
(about 1 cup cooked)
  1   2   About 5
Couscous, uncooked   1/3 cup   3/4 cup   1 box
Water, Broth, or Juice   1/2 cup   1 cup   2 cups
Salt (Optional)   pinch   1/4 tsp   1/2 tsp
Olive Oil or Butter   1 tsp   2 tsp   1 Tbsp
Preparation Directions
  1. In medium saucepan, bring water, salt (optional) and olive oil or butter to just a boil.
  2. Stir in couscous; cover.
  3. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
  4. Fluff couscous lightly with fork before serving
Microwave Directions
  1. In round 2-quart microwaveable glass casserole, combine water and salt (optional).
  2. Microwave at HIGH until boiling, about 2 minutes for 1 serving, 4 to 5 minutes for 2 servings or 9 to 10 minutes for the entire box*
  3. Add couscous and olive oil or butter; stir. Cover; let stand 5 minutes.
  4. Fluff couscous lightly with fork before serving.
* Microwave ovens may vary. Adjust time as needed.
Alternate Directions
Follow the above preparation directions, except omit olive oil or butter.
High Altitude Preparation
At high altitudes, prepare entire box as directed above except increase water to 2-3/4 cups.
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