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Israeli Couscous and Cheese

Chef John

"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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Ingredients

25 m servings 358 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir couscous in the melted butter until slightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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


Per Serving: 358 calories; 20.6 g fat; 31.3 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g protein; 71 mg cholesterol; 682 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 c...

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Honestly I didnt like the flavors of this recipe. Sorry.

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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 c...

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!

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 do...

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 w...

This has become a staple at our house that we have at least once a month now. Thanks!

Fantastic!

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 c...

It was delicious and probably would have been just as good without my changes. I added a little more than 3 oz and a mix of medium cheddar and smoked muenster cheese. Spiced it up with about 1/...

Yummy variation on classic mac and cheese. I didn't have heavy cream, so I substituted a combination of milk and butter. Delicious.