Couscous is a convenient product to have stocked in the pantry as an easy and fast alternative to rice, quinoa, and noodles. When cooked they look like golden spheres that have a pleasant nutty flavor. The texture can range from slightly coarse yet tender for smaller types, or chewy for larger varieties.

The neutral taste allows it to be kept as a simple side to serve with stews and braises. It can be transformed into more interesting recipes like hearty fresh salads or infused with broths, stocks, meats, vegetables, and spices for a satisfying meal.