This pasta (small grains of semolina coated in wheat flour) is a staple of North African cuisine and has become a go-to ingredient for busy cooks.
How to Choose Couscous
Whether you buy it boxed, bagged, or from the bulk bin, almost all fine-grain, golden varieties of couscous will cook up the same. Israeli couscous grains are larger, with a pearl-like shape, and are toasted, so they taste nuttier.
How to Store Couscous
Couscous can be stored in a sealed container or package in the pantry for up to a year.
How to Use Couscous
Toss couscous with salad dressing and vegetables or dried fruits and nuts for a side dish, or stir into milk for morning porridge.
Real Simple Couscous Recipes:
- Roasted Chicken and Beets With Couscous and Yogurt Sauce
- Pearl Couscous With Feta and Radicchio
- Lamb Chops With Pearl Couscous, Snap Peas, and Harissa
- Couscous With Apricot Vinaigrette
- Seared Salmon With Couscous Salad
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