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Do you make couscous? I love to say couscous! 🙂 You are going to love this delicious 15-minute Parmesan Couscous recipe today. Let's learn how to make couscous so you have another delicious dish to serve for dinner.
What do you need to make fluffy couscous?
This makes a tasty garnish for almost any meal like my Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan. If you've never tried couscous before, I highly recommend it. It's light, but hearty, and this 15-minute parmesan couscous has just the right amount of cheesy richness.
You will only need a good pot to make this couscous. I love my Calphalon pots and pans. I've had them for years and they still hold up well. You may also want to put this on a nice serving plate. This of course is not necessary, but why not?
What is it Couscous?
Couscous is a grain similar to quinoa or rice. However, it is crushed and formed into small spheres to facilitate service. There are many different varieties of couscous.
I think it tastes like rice but is more nutty. Also, it takes less time to cook than rice or quinoa, so I love having it on hand so I can prepare a quick and easy accompaniment for my family in less than 15 minutes.
If you are looking for another light and delicious dish, I recommend my steamed asparagus with garlic lime. Anyway, let's go back to the recipe and continue learning how to prepare couscous.
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What ingredients are necessary to make couscous:
You just need a few common ingredients to cook the couscous.
- Whole wheat couscous
- 2 cups chicken stock or 2 cups water
- Olive oil or butter
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- Garlic powder
- Italian parsley
How to make couscous right from the start:
First in a medium saucepan, bring the broth, olive oil, a tablespoon of butter and the seasonings to a boil. These ingredients will resemble boiling water.
Then add the cup of dried couscous one at a time into the boiling mixture. Then quickly stir to combine, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Then remove it from the heat and turn off the heat as it will no longer be necessary for this recipe.
How is the couscous fluffy?
After this time, remove the couscous from the pan and add the couscous to a large bowl. Then add the rest of the butter (I cut mine to melt faster), Parmesan, and parsley.
Use a fork to fluff the couscous until the butter is melted with the steam from the couscous and everything is combined evenly. This may take a minute or two.
Pro tip: Make sure you don't use a spoon as it will cause couscous to clump together rather than keep it fluffy.
Then adjust the seasonings to taste. You can add salt and / or pepper until it suits your taste. Then the couscous is ready to serve your family!
This recipe makes a large serving and will easily feed 6-8 people depending on the serving size. This works great for my family, but if you prefer a smaller amount, you could easily cut the recipe in half.
In general, I use whole wheat couscous for this recipe, but you can use any type of couscous.
Be sure to check the amount of liquid indicated for the brand of couscous you buy. My couscous had a 1: 1 ratio, but each type can be different.
What to serve with couscous:
These are some of my favorite recipes to serve with this delicious and easy couscous garnish.
What you think? Do you love this 15-minute parmesan couscous as much as we do? I'd love to know what you think!
Print this easy couscous recipe below:
How to make couscous recipe
How to Make a Couscous Recipe: You should try this easy Parmesan Couscous recipe for your next dinner. Your family will love couscous!
How to make couscous recipe
Calories: 334 kcal
Author: Eat a penny
2 cups whole wheat couscous
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter (divided)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
In a medium saucepan, bring the broth, olive oil, a tablespoon of butter and the seasonings to a boil.
Add couscous, stir quickly to combine, cover and let sit 5 minutes.
Transfer the cooked couscous to a large bowl.
Add the rest of the butter (I cut mine), Parmesan cheese and parsley.
Using a fork to fluff the couscous until the butter is melted and everything is combined evenly. This may take a minute or two. Be sure not to use a spoon as it will cause the couscous to bunch together instead of keeping it light and fluffy.
Adjust the seasonings to taste. You can add more salt or pepper until it suits your taste.
This makes a great portion and will easily feed 6-8 people depending on the portion size. This works great for my family, but if you prefer a smaller amount, you could easily cut the recipe in half.
Also, I used whole wheat, but you can use any type of couscous. Be sure to check the amount of liquid indicated for the brand of couscous you buy. My couscous had a 1: 1 ratio, but each type can be different.
This couscous recipe is a tasty accompaniment to almost any meal!
If you enjoy this quick and easy accompaniment, try some of our other recipes for easy accompaniment:
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