This is a healthy, delicious, and easy side dish that takes about 10 minutes to make. I'm borrowing the name from Pasta Primavera which, like this recipe, takes advantage of fresh, seasonal, green produce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine couscous, green onion, jalapeno, olive oil, cumin, cayenne pepper, and black pepper in a large bowl; stir until olive oil is completely incorporated.

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  • Bring vegetable stock, asparagus, and peas to a boil in a saucepan over high heat.

  • Pour stock, asparagus, and peas over couscous mixture; shake bowl to settle couscous into liquid. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then stir in mint and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

306 calories; protein 10.9g 22% DV; carbohydrates 53.7g 17% DV; fat 5.3g 8% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 163.7mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (46)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2012
I loved this recipe - definitely going to be a go-to for the summer. I did sub cilantro for the mint and served with some grilled shrimp - so good! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2017
I made it exactly as instructed and found it very dry and rather bland despite all the spices. Read More
71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2012
I loved this recipe - definitely going to be a go-to for the summer. I did sub cilantro for the mint and served with some grilled shrimp - so good! Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2012
I liked the combination of veggies and flavors in this dish! Next time I would probably halve the couscous or double the veggies just because I'm a big fan of the green stuff. Thank you!:) Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2014
Ok so I used all the ingredients to the T but preparations were done differently. I cooked pearl couscous in sauce pan with broth. Then microwaved and strained the peas. I sauteed onion jalapeno and spices in skillet for 3 minutes then added sliced asparagus. Cooked until asparagus was done to our taste at which I tossed in peas and couscous couscous. Mixed it all up in the skillet for a moment and then served. We tried the mint but picked it off and added parmesan cheese. I think the flavor would be pretty much the same since I used all the ingredients except the mint. Mint was just weird for us. Will make this again just the way I did. We really liked the flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2013
This was a great recipe and can be customized in so many ways. I read one review where someone served it with grilled shrimp. That sounds great. I made it just the way the recipe called for and thought it was great just as is. I served it as a side dish with oven fried chicken. I am thinking that next time I might make it with chick peas for a protein rich, vegetarian main dish. Overall a great recipe. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2013
Loved this dish! We'd give it 10 stars if we could! I only had 1 1/2 cups of couscous so I cooked a box of Near East brand Quinoa and Brown rice and added that with the hot broth. Also I didn't cook any of the vegetables just added them with the boiling broth and let it all sit. Sooooo good. The mint really added a nice touch. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2014
Tip: Mushroom stock is SOOO much tastier than Vegetable stock. This is a wonderful recipe you can adjust to your taste. I usually use whatever herbs or veggies I have around at the time. I will often trade the mint for basil cilantro or parsley depending on what is fresh in my garden. I will also use any vegis in my refrigerator that are leftover from previous meals..Carrots zucchini green beans etc. You can't add to many vegetables if they are diced small. I almost prefer to have a half vegis to half pearl couscous in the end. Is a wonderful accompaniment to shrimp fish chicken or vegetarian alternative meats. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2012
Nice and hot. Wondered if I should use more liquid. Other than that it's great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2013
I have made this recipe over a dozen times now because my family and I love it. It is a simple healthy option which we use for a main dish not a side dish. I do make a yogurt cucumber cumin and mint sauce to go with it because the couscous can be a bit grainy but don't let that take away from you trying it by itself. Also there is a video that goes with this recipe that I love to watch each time because it is humorous. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2013
This dish has several things going for it; easy to make inexpensive colorful and very delicious. This is a definite keeper for my recipe box. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2017
I made it exactly as instructed and found it very dry and rather bland despite all the spices. Read More
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