Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts

by Melissa on August 24, 2011

I have posted several couscous recipes on this blog, and while this one is the most basic, I honestly think it is also my favorite! Don’t let the short list of ingredients fool you. The onion, chicken broth and pine nuts add a ton flavor and texture, and don’t forget the fresh lemon at the end! Because there are not a ton of mix-ins or competing flavors, this couscous also goes really well with just about any meat or main dish that you want to pair it with. We most recently had it with these garlic-mustard glazed pork skewers.

If you have not tried couscous yet, this is a great basic recipe to get you started, and if you have, be sure to add this one to your recipe box!

Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup couscous (plain or whole wheat)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional)

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft but not browned. Add the chicken broth, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Stir in the couscous and immediately turn off the heat. Cover the saucepan and allow the couscous to steam for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then stir in the pine nuts, parsley and lemon juice (if using). Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

Source: Cook Like a Champion who adapted it from Ina Garten.

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Amanda August 24, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Oh my gosh! How funny! I made this EXACT recipe last night! I did not use the chicken broth though. How funny! I made it with stuffed sweet peppers and it was delicious :) Couscous is a staple in our house!


Sues August 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Couscous is one of my favorite side dishes in the world. And pine nuts make it 293 times better! I just wish they weren’t so expensive :)


Kim August 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

We adore cous cous… as far as the short list of ingredients… sometimes simple is sooo much better. :)


Dana August 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm

This sounds great! I love couscous, and this version sounds classic!


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