Do you make couscous? I just love to say couscous! 🙂 You are going to love this delicious 15-Minute Parmesan Couscous recipe today. Let’s learn how to make couscous so that you’ll have another delicious side dish to serve for dinner.

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What do you need to make Fluffy Couscous?

This makes a tasty side dish for just about any meal like my Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan. If you have never tried couscous before, I highly suggest it. It is light, yet filling, and this 15-minute parmesan couscous has just the right amount of cheesy richness.

You will only need a nice pot to make this couscous. I love my Calphalon pots and pans. I have had them for years and they are still holding up well. You might also want to put this in a pretty dish to serve out of. This, of course, isn’t necessary, but why not?

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What is couscous? 

Couscous is a grain similar to quinoa or rice.  However, it is crushed and formed into small spheres for easy serving.  There are many different varieties of couscous.

I think it tastes similar to rice but has more of a nutty flavor.  Also, it takes less time to cook than rice or quinoa so I love having it on hand so I can make a quick and easy side dish for my family is under 15 minutes.

If you are looking for another light a delicious side dish, I recommend my garlic lime steamed asparagus. Anyway, let’s get back to the recipe and continue to learn how to fix couscous.

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Learn how to make couscous recipe.  You have to try this easy, healthy parmesan couscous recipe for your next dinner. Your family will love couscous and it’s the perfect side dish for your next dinner.  #eatingonadime #couscous #sidedishrecipes

What ingredients are needed to make couscous:

You just need a few common ingredients to cook couscous.

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How to make couscous from scratch: 

First in a medium saucepan, bring the broth, olive oil, one tablespoon of butter and seasonings to a boil.  These ingredients will resemble boiling water.

Then add the cup of dry couscous one at a time into the boiling mixture.  Next stir quickly to combine, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.  Then remove from heat and turn off heat as it will not longer be needed for this recipe.

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How do you fluff up couscous?

After this time, remove the couscous from the pan and add couscous to a large bowl.  Next add the rest of the butter (I cut mine up so that it will melt quicker), parmesan cheese and parsley.

Use a fork to fluff the couscous until the butter is melted by the couscous steam and everything is evenly combined. This may take a minute or two.

Pro Tip: Make sure you don’t use a spoon, because it will make the couscous clump together rather than keeping it light and fluffy.

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Then adjust the seasonings to taste. You can add salt and/or pepper until it suites your tastes.  Then the couscous is ready to serve to your family!

This recipe makes a large portion and will easily feed 6-8 people depending on portion size. This works great for my family, but if you prefer a smaller amount, you could easily cut the recipe in half.

Generally, I use whole wheat couscous for this recipe, but you can use any types of couscous.

Make sure you check the amount of liquid instructed for the brand of couscous you buy. My couscous was a 1:1 ratio, but each type may be different.

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What to serve with couscous:

Here are some of my favorite recipes to serve with this delicious and easy couscous side dish.

What do you think? Do you love this 15-minute parmesan couscous as much as we do? I’d love to hear what you think!

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Print this easy couscous recipe below:

How to make Couscous Recipe

4.8 from 5 votes
how to make couscous recipe – you have to try this easy parmesan couscous recipe for your next dinner. Your family will love couscous!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 334
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat couscous
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley (roughly chopped)

Instructions

  • In a medium size pot, bring the broth, olive oil, one tablespoon of butter and seasonings to a boil.
  • Add the couscous, stir quickly to combine, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the cooked couscous to a large bowl.
  • Add the rest of the butter (I cut mine up), Parmesan cheese and parsley.
  • Using a fork to fluff the couscous until the butter is melted and everything is evenly combined. This may take a minute or two. Make sure you don’t use a spoon, because it will make the couscous clump together rather than keeping it light and fluffy.
  • Adjust the seasonings to taste. You can add more salt and or pepper until it suites your tastes.
  • This makes a large portion and will easily feed 6-8 people depending on portion size. This works great for my family, but if you prefer a smaller amount, you could easily cut the recipe in half.
  • Also, I used whole wheat, but you can use any kind of couscous. Make sure you check the amount of liquid instructed for the brand of couscous you buy. My couscous was a 1:1 ratio, but each type may be different.

Recipe Notes

This Couscous recipe makes a tasty side dish for just about any meal!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 334kcal, Carbohydrates 51g, Protein 12g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 17mg, Sodium 296mg, Potassium 78mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 265IU, Vitamin C 1.5mg, Calcium 99mg, Iron 2.1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this. I hadnt cooked couscous much before and my husband wasn’t that fond of it. I used vegetarian stock cubes instead of chicken, only because I like the taste more. We had this tonight with mushrooms sautéed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and it was a big success. My husband loved it. I didn’t tell him it was couscous until after he tasted it!!!!! Thanks, I could live on this. Yum!!!