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great side dish with pasta

Israeli Couscous Recipe

Course Dinner
Cuisine Israeli
Keyword Apple Recipe, couscous, pasta, side dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 369kcal


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ½ onion chopped finely
  • cup Israeli couscous
  • 1 dry bay leaf can use fresh
  • cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup dried cranberries chopped
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Add pine nuts and stir until golden brown. When pine nuts are toasted, transfer them to a bowl.
  • Try and keep the melted butter in the pan and saute onions until golden and slightly caramelized.
  • Add couscous, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, and stir often until couscous browns slightly. If the pan is too dry, add another tablespoon of butter.
  • Add broth and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender. Cook couscous for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in pine nuts, dried cranberries, and lemon juice. Once couscous cools, add fresh basil.
  • Season with pepper to taste.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg