**Shakshuka** Also known as “Eggs in Purgatory,” this dish incorporates Israeli couscous instead of bread and will certainly add spice to your romantic evening.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 a medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon harissa (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato pasta
  • 14-ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Israeli couscous
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 large eggs
  • feta cheese, for serving
  • fresh parsley, for serving


  1. In a small 8" skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

  2. Add the chopped onion, a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring, until soft and
    translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Next, add the garlic, cumin, harissa, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper
    flakes another pinch of salt, a few turns of black pepper, and stir, Cook for 1
    minute, while stirring occasionally.

  4. Add the tomato paste and canned tomatoes (with juice). Stir everything to
    combine it well, and either simmer it for 15 minutes on medium, or turn the
    heat to low and let cook for up to 2 hours. Your choice.

  5. When ready to serve, crank the heat to high, stir in the couscous and broth,
    cover and cook for about 15 minutes, until the couscous is done.

  6. Create 3 little wells to add the eggs. Cook for about 8 minutes, until the
    whites are set but the yolks are still runny. If you like a more well-done egg,
    baste the eggs with the tomato sauce around it.

  7. Scatter feta and parsley on top, and serve.

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