Mediterranean Couscous

    40 min

    This recipes takes bland couscous and combines it with flavours of the Mediterranean. Couscous, garlic, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar are baked together, then liberally spinkled with grated Parmesan. It's a great side dish with chicken.

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    Makes: 4 

    • 175g couscous
    • 250ml boiling water
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 4 tablespoons diced red pepper
    • 4 spring onions, sliced
    • 150g cherry tomatoes
    • 40g fresh basil leaves
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 pinch ground black pepper
    • 1 dash balsamic vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Stir couscous into boiling water and return water to the boil. Cover and remove pot from heat. Let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
    3. While the couscous is cooking, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, spring onions and peppers; saute briefly. Stir in tomatoes, basil, cooked couscous, salt and pepper. Mix together and transfer to a 1.5 litre baking dish. Splash some balsamic vinegar on top.
    4. Bake in a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese while still warm.

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    Never thought I'd like couscous but this was absolutely delicious. So easy to make and so flavoursome. Thank you  -  31 Jan 2016


    Great recipe! I made this easy on myself and just used a box of couscous and followed the directions on the back. I then tossed in the garlic, red bell pepper, green onion and cherry tomato. I cut the amount of basil in half. I added a bit more balsamic and added 2 Tbsp. of grated Parmesan right to the mixture. I baked it at 350 for 20 minutes and then topped with some shredded Parmesan cheese. Overall, very good.  -  28 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    As others suggested, I used chicken broth instead of water. I also quatered my cherry tomatoes, and had to substitute regular onion instead of green onions, and added more parmesian cheese than called for. Overall, a great recipe, and my entire family loved it!  -  19 Sep 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)