Recipe Summary

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Yield: 4 servings

This recipe is...

  • low in fat
  • rich in grains
  • lower in sodium
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Basic Couscous

This recipe serves: 
2/3 cup couscous
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup cold water
pinch of salt
1/3 cup hot water
Cooking Instructions
1. Place a shallow metal colander inside a heavy-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid. If the colander's holes are big enough for the couscous to fall through, line it with a piece of dampened cheesecloth. Add an inch of water to the pot. Bring the liquid to a simmer.

2. In a medium-size bowl, combine the couscous with the oil and stir well.

3. Pour the couscous into the colander, cover and steam for 20 minutes.

4. Remove the colander from the pot, pour the couscous into the bowl and stir in the cold water, breaking up all lumps with a fork. Return the mixture to the colander, set it in the pot and steam an additional 20 minutes.

5. Transfer the couscous to the bowl once again, stir in the salt and hot water, breaking up the lumps with a fork.

6. Pour the couscous back into the colander, cover and steam until tender, about 20 minutes.

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Nutritional Information

Number of Servings: 4

Per Serving

  • Calories
  • 128
  • Carbohydrate
  • 22 g
  • Fat
  • 2 g
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • Saturated Fat
  • 0 g
  • Sodium
  • 101 mg