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Pesto Couscous


Two of my staple foods: pesto and couscous…

Pesto has been one of my most favorite ingredients and I dare to add it to most of the dishes I make. Pesto never fails to enhance the flavor and the taste of any dish, such a phenomenal sauce made with aromatic and healthy ingredients like basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese. Pesto is always seen in my refrigerator and I want my pizza base spread with pesto, my pastas combined with pesto, veggies roasted with pesto, chicken rubbed with pesto, the list is endless…

The other day, I combined couscous with pesto. Just a few tablespoons of pesto and the blant couscous was instantly transformed into a delicious dish. I didn’t even add any meat to this dish, pesto made all the difference.

Pesto couscous

Pesto Couscous
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 3
  • Olive oil- 1 tbsp
  • Spinach, chopped- 1½ cups
  • Red pepper, diced- 1
  • Cherry tomatoes- 8, chopped
  • Pesto- 3 tbsp
  • Couscous, cooked- 2 cups
  1. Place a non-stick pan over medium heat, add olive oil.
  2. Add spinach and red pepper, stir fry for a few minutes.
  3. Add cherry tomatoes and stir fry till it's slightly mashed up.
  4. Add pesto and saute till aromatic for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the cooked couscous, combine well and saute for a minute.
  6. Serve warm as a side dish or as a main dish.
You could even add chicken to this dish.


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Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...