All the snow we had a couple of weeks ago led me to crave lots of warm comfort food. But after many days without groceries, I was starting to have limited options. I dug around the pantry and spied a box of couscous I had purchased and forgotten about. Thank goodness for pantry staples, right? So I whipped up a quick lunch that filled us right up with just a few ingredients.
Since this recipe calls for couscous, I should point out that there are two common types of couscous. Moroccan couscous is small and cooks very quickly. The grains are about the size of cornmeal. Israeli couscous is larger and takes much longer to cook. I used Moroccan couscous but you could try this with Israeli couscous if that’s all you have., you’ll just need to adjust the cooking time.
- 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
- ½ medium white onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1½ cups of dry couscous
- 2½ cups of water
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 cup spinach
- Dice the onion and mince the garlic, or push through a garlic press.
- In a large saucepan, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and add the onion and garlic.
- Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the onion begins to caramelize.
- While that cooks, bring the water to a boil.
- Add the couscous, stir, and remove from heat.
- Let sit and then fluff with a fork once the water has been absorbed.
- Add the couscous, salt, parmesan cheese, and spinach to the onion and garlic.
- Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, until the spinach had just started to wilt.
- Serve hot.
This came together so quickly and easily. You could add peas or swap in kale for the spinach, depending on what you have on hand. I’m sure it would be great with some pine nuts sprinkled on top as well. The flavors reminded me a little bit of the farro risotto I made a few weeks ago, but with a different texture.
I feel like the past few days have been a little quieter. The weekend was packed with activity so I’m thankful for a few low-key evening hours. Alex has been working a lot at night, so he hasn’t gotten the same luxury of relaxing. With him being busy and evenings being occasionally open, I’ve started reading more. I just started Dataclysm (a book about fascinating big data insights written by one of the OK Cupid founders) and it’s so good. It’s a quick and easy read that kind of makes you laugh at how crazy some of the data is. It had been on my list of books to read for a while so I was excited to find it on the shelf at the library. I’m trying to make more of an effort to spend more time off of my computer, so a good book makes it easy.