Here we will explain what delicious couscous is, how to cook it, and how to serve it. Delicious and easy to make, it will become a staple in your kitchen, especially for healthy recipes!
Although it may look like one, couscous is not actually a grain, but a small North African pasta! It's a fantastic staple to have on hand in your kitchen - it cooks in under 10 minutes and you can use it in anything from salads to bowls to plain side dishes, its texture is similar to quinoa, it's fresh, light, and delicious, It absorbs flavors quickly and adapts to any recipe or dish very easily. The way you cook your couscous will depend on the type you buy, but it's usually really easy. In grocery stores, you will most often find these two varieties: pearl or Israeli couscous: cook in a pot with boiling water and salt for 7-8 minutes, or until al dente. As soon as it drips, mix it with a large amount of olive oil so the pearls don't stick together. Traditional couscous (white or whole wheat): To cook, measure a 1: 1 ratio of couscous and water and bring the water to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the beans, cover the pot and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes, covered, before removing the lid and fluffing with a fork. Try it!
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of couscous
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon of sea salt, more to taste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup of minced parsley
- 2 tablespoons of pine nuts
- Pinches of red pepper flakes, optional
- In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the couscous, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and stir. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Fluff the couscous with a fork, transfer it to a large bowl, and toss it with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, and pine nuts.
- Transfer the mixture to a serving platter and garnish with additional pine nuts, parsley, and red pepper flakes, if desired.