Vegetable Pearl Couscous

Side Dishes

Vegetable Pearl Couscous

Steer your eating habits in a healthful direction by bulking up pasta with loads of fresh vegetables. This makes a great vegetarian dinner or easy side dish for a Mediterranean-inspired meal.

It’s easy to eat healthfully — and stay full — with this couscous dish. The trick to getting it on the table quick is chopping the vegetables into small pieces. Virtually any vegetable will do. Produce like broccoli, carrots, and grape tomatoes are available yearround, but for bigger impact, add whatever vegetables are fresh and in season.


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Test Kitchen Tip

If you can’t locate the pearl couscous, feel free to substitute a small-shaped pasta such as orzo or ditalini instead.


Sauté onion and garlic in oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat until onion begins to soften, 23 minutes.

Add carrots and mushrooms; cook 23 minutes. Stir in broccoli and couscous and cook 1 minute more. Add broth, salt, and pepper flakes. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until couscous is al dente, about 9 minutes. Stir in spinach and tomatoes; cook until spinach wilts, about 1 minute.

Combine almonds, parsley, and zest. Serve couscous with topping.


Add the couscous with the broccoli. Toasting it slightly before boiling gives it a nuttier flavor.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 291

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 9g 13%

Saturated Fat 1g 5%

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 443mg 18%

Carbs 47g 15%

Fiber 6g 24%

Protein 8g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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