About this recipe: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.
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
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Method Prep:5min › Cook:35min › Ready in:40min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
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.
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.
Bake in a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese while still warm.