Thursday, December 2, 2010

Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts

Couscous is one of the easiest sides to make. This dish had a great flavor, and the toasted pine nuts added a nice crunch. I served this with chicken, but it would also work well with fish or pork.

Source: Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts, Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?


4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter

2 cups chopped yellow onion (2 onions)

3 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 cups couscous (12 ounces)

½ cup pine nuts, toasted

½ cup minced fresh parsley


Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender but not browned. Add the chicken stock, salt, and pepper and bring to a full boil. Stir in the couscous, turn off the heat, cover, and allow to steam for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, stir in the pine nuts and parsley, and serve hot.

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