Israeli Couscous With Asparagus
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- Ready In:
- 2 cups water
- 1 3⁄4 cups asparagus, diagonally cut into 1 inch slices
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1⁄4 cups chicken broth, fat and salt-free
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup couscous, such as Israeli couscous
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoons cashew nuts, chopped and lightly salted
- To cook asparagus place water in a medium saucepan; bring water to a boil. Add asparagus, and cook 2 minutes or just until crisp-tender; drain. Place asparagus in ice water 1 minute; drain. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in chicken broth and salt; bring to a boil. Add couscous; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook 5 minutes.
- Stir in asparagus, black pepper, red bell pepper and cashews. Cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
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This is DELICIOUS!! My first time using Israeli couscous and it is so much better than regular couscous. <br/>The only variation I made to the recipe was to leave out the bell pepper and cashews, which I did not have on hand. <br/>All three of my toddlers ate it up and asked for seconds! Even my husband who does not like regular couscous said it was tasty and had seconds.<br/>I got my Israeli couscous from whole foods. I think it cost me $1 for a cup out of their bulk bins.<br/>Thanks for a great recipe that will definitely be part of my regular rotation!
I decided to try this dish since I had all of the ingredients on hand. Overall, a very tasty dish - both of us liked the combination of flavours very much. I don't think, though, that 10 minutes is sufficient cooking time as some of the couscous was still hard in places. Next time, I would increase the cooking time by maybe 5 minutes and add another half cup of liquid.
*Made for Australia/NZ Swap #44* OH, this was GOOD !! Only variation from posted recipe, was I had 3 scallions which needed to be used PRONTO, so threw them in with red pepper at the end, in place of chopped onion ! I had bought a case of Israeli couscous from Amazon since it is rarely available at our local super -- but is the star ingredient for this recipe ! Thanks for posting, gailanng.
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