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Pearl Couscous Pilaf

  • Author: Spice (Kate)
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minute
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


This pearl couscous pilaf has enough flavor to hold its own, but won’t overwhelm you main course. It’s easy and quick to make, too!



2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon za’atar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups chicken broth, or vegetable broth

1 cup pearl couscous


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds or so.

Add the za’atar, salt, and broth and stir well.

Bring broth to a boil, add the couscous, then adjust heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and couscous is tender, stirring occasionally.

Keywords: pasta, couscous, side dish, Middle Eastern

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