I wanted to try pilaf using something different other than rice or bulgur, so I thought I would try couscous and make couscous pilaf. Wow what a taste Idea!! I love it when that happens. Instead of a grain pilaf, this is a pasta pilaf. Although it looks like a grain, couscous is actually a very small Middle Eastern pasta that cooks quickly. And is tasty. Couscous pasta pilaf is a great side dish that goes great with with chicken, beef and lamb.
Ingredients for couscous pilaf:
4 Tbs butter
2 cups couscous
1 onion, finely minced
1/2 tsp minced garlic
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 cups water
1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and add the finely minced onion. Cook over low to medium heat until the onions are tender, about 3 – 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, salt and pepper and mix well.
Add the water and chicken broth to the pan. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the couscous. Put a lid on the pan with a paper towel underneath. (This what my mom always did when cooking the couscous pilaf and I do it myself. It helps to absorb some of the liquid.) Keep covered off of the heat for 5 minutes of until the couscous is tender. Remove the lid and paper towel and fluff with a fork. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Garnish the couscous with fresh flat leaf parsley or fresh mint.
This is a variation on pilaf becoming couscous pasta pilaf. I hope you will try this couscous pilaf when looking for a middle eastern side dish that will compliment any meal. Enjoy!
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