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How To Cook Lebanese Onion and Couscous Soup?

Lebanese onion and couscous soup

Similar to French onion soup but with extra spice, this is especially good for really cold days.

Serve 6

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes



  • 4 large onions, finely sliced

  • 2 Tbsp oil

  • 1 Tbsp butter

  • 1 red chili, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 tsp mild chili powder

  • 1/2tsp ground turmeric

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 2 L (31/2pints) vegetable or chicken stock

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 55 g (2 oz) couscous


  1. Cook the onions in the oil and butter until well browned - this will take about 15 minutes over a medium heat.

  2. Stir in the chopped chili and the spices and cook over a low heat for a further 1 to 2 minutes before adding the stock. Season lightly then bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

  3. Stir the couscous into the soup, bring back to the boil and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Season to taste and serve immediately.

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