Couscous is super easy to make and an excellent base for so many different recipes. Once you learn how to make it, you’ll want to serve it up weekly – at least!
• 2 1/2 cups water (or chicken broth)
• 1 tablespoon olive oil (or butter)
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups couscous
1️⃣ In a medium saucepan, bring water, salt, and olive oil to a boil over high heat.
2️⃣ Stir in couscous and cover the saucepan with a lid.
3️⃣ Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.
4️⃣ Fluff couscous with a fork and serve hot.
Garlic and Olive Oil Couscous:
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in the saucepan and saute 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic in the oil for 60-90 seconds before adding in water and bringing to a boil.
Use 2 1/2 cups chicken broth instead of water and 1 tablespoon butter in place of olive oil. When fluffing cooked couscous with a fork, slowly sprinkle in 3/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese to disperse throughout the couscous.
Herbed Chicken Couscous:
Use 2 1/2 cups chicken broth instead of water. At the same time as the salt add in 1/2 teaspoon onion powder along with 1/4 teaspoon each of garlic powder, dried parsley, dried rosemary, and dried thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon dried sage.
At the same time as the salt, add in 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin, onion powder, and dried rosemary, along with 1/4 teaspoon each of dried oregano, garlic powder, ground turmeric, followed by a generous pinch of ground cinnamon.
If using Israeli Couscous (Pearl Couscous), increase the amount of water (or broth) used to 3 cups. This type of couscous needs to simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered, before covering and letting it sit for 5 minutes.