Since Israeli couscous is nothing more than tiny balls of lightly toasted pasta dough, it works well in this macaroni-n-cheese style dish.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir couscous in the melted butter until slightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.

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  • Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until most of the stock is absorbed and the couscous have plumped, 6 to 7 minutes.

  • Stir heavy cream and pimientos into couscous; add cayenne pepper and cook until couscous is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add more broth if needed.

  • Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar cheese until melted; add chives and stir to combine. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

360 calories; protein 11.5g 23% DV; carbohydrates 31.4g 10% DV; fat 20.7g 32% DV; cholesterol 71.5mg 24% DV; sodium 783.8mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2013
I made a few small changes... I didn't include the pimientos because I didn't have them, and I added smoked paprika because I love it. I thought this dish was creamy and warm and perfect for a cold night. My family agrees. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/12/2014
Honestly I didnt like the flavors of this recipe. Sorry. Read More
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52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2013
I made a few small changes... I didn't include the pimientos because I didn't have them, and I added smoked paprika because I love it. I thought this dish was creamy and warm and perfect for a cold night. My family agrees. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2017
Better than the box. Understand: Kraft Mac and cheese is my GO TO comfort food, so this is SUCH high praise. Most nights, I try to make special, unique dinners, but some nights are just hot dogs and Mac and cheese nights, until you reMember you don't have Mac and cheese. Until tonight. I think this replaces my box. I did add a TB of cream cheese in the cream phase (partly because I had 1/2 and 1/2 instead of heavy.) And I tossed in a little Dijon and garlic powder and left out pimentos (because I am a purist when it comes to Mac and cheese). So delicious. so easy. I will no longer go to the box. THANK YOU. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2014
Super fast and easy to make. I didn't have the pearl couscous only traditional and it still came out yummy. I'll be keeping this recipe around! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2015
Great! However i did not use any salt because the brand of chicken broth had so much therefore i added some steamed peas to help with the sodium. I also didn't have pimentos but smoked paprika worked great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2015
Yummy variation on classic mac and cheese. I didn't have heavy cream so I substituted a combination of milk and butter. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2017
I had this for the first time in a restaurant BJ's in Washington state. Absolutely delicious! Definitely going to make this soon! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2015
This was nice change instead of the regular macaroni and cheese!! Great recipe. I did leave out the pimientos because I don't like them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2016
I did not have pimento either but loved the splash of color so added a half red poblano diced and sautéed. My cheese was not sharp - I think sharp would have made it tastier. Was looking for couscous my teenage grandson would eat. Success will try again w sharp cheddar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2018
Had to make slight changes because we didn't have all ingredients so we used sour cream instead of heavy cream and paprika instead of the other spices. This recipe seems flexible though and I'll probably add garlic onions and spinach next time. Wouldn't say that it tastes exactly like Mac & Cheese because the texture is very different. Still very good tho! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/12/2014
Honestly I didnt like the flavors of this recipe. Sorry. Read More
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