Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Israeli Couscous with Asparagus and Pine Nuts


1 shallot, finely diced
2 tablespoons of butter
Israeli couscous (I used the one from Trader Joe's, 1 box is about 1 1/3 cup)
1 3/4 cup of hot water (or chicken broth)
1 teaspoon salt
1 bunch of asparagus, cut into 1-2" strips
1/4 cup of toasted pine nuts
1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

  • In a medium sized pan over a medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the diced shallot until brown (5 minutes)
  • Add the couscous into the pan and brown for 5 minutes
  • Add in the hot water (or broth) and salt into the pan and bring back to boil
  • Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add in the cut asparagus into the couscous, cover again and cook for another 5-6 minutes until the asparagus is done and couscous is cooked
  • Turn off the heat and stir-in the toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley
  • Serve as a main dish or a side dish


  1. Thanks for posting this. I made it tonight - it was so yummy! I didn't have chicken broth, so I used a mixture of white wine and water. I also added some lemon zest and lemon juice at the end when I was tossing it. It paired perfectly with salmon.

  2. Wow. I love couscous, pine nuts, and asparagus. This dish looks so delicious! Will have to try making this next week.

  3. As a "wanna be veggie all the time, but don't always make it, I'm always looking for new dishes like this. I'll try it soon. thanks,

  4. Can't wait for you to make it for me when I am back in SF.