If couscous is not in your pantry, you need it there ASAP. Especially the 100% whole wheat version that is naturally packed with fiber and insanely easy to make. All you need to do is boil some water with a little oil and salt, add the couscous, turn off the heat and let it sit while you get the rest of your meal together.

While whole wheat couscous is incredibly simple to make, it’s not particularly flavorful on its own. You will definitely want to get creative by adding flavor to couscous. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be fancy as the couscous nicely takes on other flavors.

In this case, I made my couscous with Romano cheese. Romano is what I happened to have on hand and also well-loved by the children in my house. Be my guest to add your favorite grated or crumbled cheese instead. I can’t think of one cheese that wouldn’t spruce up couscous!

Couscous with Romano Cheese

This recipe is amazing because it only takes 10 minutes. It's a very quick side dish for a rush weeknight meal, or a meal you honestly don't feel like cooking.

All you need is a small pot with a lid.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Simple
Keyword cheese, couscous
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese


  1. In a small pot, heat water, olive oil and salt over high heat until boiling (3-5 minutes).

  2. Take pot off heat and stir couscous.

  3. Cover the pot and let sit for 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in Romano cheese

  5. Adjust seasoning and serve!

Read more about out how I use couscous and other whole grains to balance out a healthy dinner in the Anatomy of a Healthy Dinner post.

Happy eating!

Welcome to 5 Ingredient Friday! Here you'll find a recipe with 5 ingredients or less (shhh... water, oil, salt, pepper don't count). Recipes don't need a lot of ingredients to be yummy. Fewer ingredients means simpler prep. It also means you'll have them memorized in no time. 5 Ingredient recipes are the backbone of my everyday cooking. I hope you find a place for this recipe in your kitchen.