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Beef, Apricot & Harissa Meatballs

Beef, Apricot & Harissa Meatballs

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Prep Time

20 min



Studded with sweet chopped apricots and spring onion and oven baked for ease, these flavoursome, tender meatballs make for a deliciously exotic dinner. You'll use harissa to flavour your couscous and serve the dish with dollops of creamy natural yoghurt and a smattering of toasted cashew nuts.

Prep Time

20 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
120g couscous †
1 spring onion
10g parsley
1 bag of cashew nuts †
British beef mince 2
250g British beef mince
80g natural yoghurt †
beef stock cube (new5/18)
1 beef stock cube †
1 harissa paste sachet (40g)
Diced Apricots2
30g diced apricots †
You Will Need
Olive oil, pepper, salt

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 120g couscous<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 spring onion
  • 10g parsley
  • 1 bag of cashew nuts (25g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 250g British beef mince
  • 1 natural yoghurt pot (80g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 Knorr beef stock cube<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 harissa paste sachet (40g)
  • 1 bag of diced apricots (30g)<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 978 kJ
234 kcal
2818 kJ
674 kcal
of which saturates
6.2 g
2.1 g
17.7 g
6.1 g
of which sugars
19.7 g
4.8 g
56.8 g
13.9 g
Fibre 1.1 g 3.2 g
Protein 14.1 g 40.5 g
Salt 1.27 g 3.66 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
120g couscous
durum wheat (gluten) semolina (100%)
1 spring onion
spring onion
10g parsley
flat parley (100%)
1 bag of cashew nuts (25g)
cashew (nut) 100%. May contain peanut, sesame & other nuts
250g British beef mince
beef (100%)
1 natural yoghurt pot (80g)
Organic whole milk natural yoghurt (100%) (milk)
1 Knorr beef stock cube
Salt, vegetable fats (palm, shea butter, sal butter), potato starch, sugar, beef extract (4%), yeast extract, flavourings, onion powder, caramel syrup, maltodextrin, parsley, carrots, spices (parsley roots, CELERY seeds).
1 harissa paste sachet (40g)
water, tomato paste, red pepper puree (9%), sugar, salt, garlic puree, ground cayenne pepper, rapeseed oil, dried red chilli flakes (2%), white wine vinegar, lime juice concentrate, acidity regulator: citric acid, ground star anise, ground cumin, ground coriander, pure olive oil, stabiliser: xanthan gum, preservative: potassium sorbate
1 bag of diced apricots (30g)
apricots (95%), rice flour, preservative: sulphur dioxide (sulphites)
  • Allergens highlighted by † (gluten, nut, milk, celery, sulphites)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
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Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 200°C (fan)/ 425°F/ Gas 7

Add the cashew nuts to a small baking tray or oven-proof dish

Put them in the oven for approx. 8-10 min or until they have darkened slightly in colour then transfer to a plate and keep the tray (you'll use it later)

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Meanwhile, trim then chop the spring onion[s] finely

Chop the parsley finely, including the stalks, keeping the stalks and leaves separate

Boil a kettle 

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Combine the beef mince, chopped spring onion, diced apricots, parsley stalks, crushed beef stock cube[s] and a generous pinch of pepper

Mix thoroughly with clean hands, then divide the mixture into 6 [12] and shape into meatballs

Add the meatballs to your reserved baking tray (use foil to avoid a mess!) and put them in the oven for 12-15 min or until cooked through

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Meanwhile, dissolve the harissa paste in 200ml [400ml] boiled water in a large bowl

Add the couscous, cover and set aside

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Chop the roasted cashew nuts coarsely (only once they are cool enough to handle!)

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Mix the natural yoghurt with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper

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Fluff the couscous with a fork, season with salt and pepper and mix most of the chopped parsley leaves through (save a few pinches for garnish!)


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Once cooked, serve the meatballs over the couscous with the yoghurt dotted over 

Garnish with the chopped cashew nuts


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