Couscous with Spinach

Couscous with Spinach

I do not know how I missed sharing this dish. We love spinach in garlic infused olive oil and mixed with delicious couscous pasta pearls.

However, I usually and most commonly use spaghetti. Not only that it’s a delicious, fragrant and beautiful but extremely simple and efficient recipe.

My goal is always to keep it as simple as possible and to have both comforts and healthy to kind of balance each other. 
Most of the time I serve this with fish or chicken, but It does go very well with meatballs, too.

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You cannot really go wrong with this one. Saute with spinach or serve it separately, perhaps adding more veggies or kale instead of spinach.

It is most definitely a perfect meal for meatless Mondays. You can, of course, serve some protein with it, but it is tasty just the way it is.

Couscous with Spinach
Yield: Serves 4

Couscous with Spinach

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Easy and delicious meatless dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Couscous pearl pasta
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 10 oz Spinach
  • 3-4 Basil leaves, fresh
  • 1 Tbs. Olive Oil or butter
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Italian Herbs(mix)
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil water with salt and butter for couscous. Cook as directed on the package. It's more steaming after water boils so follow directions. 
  2. Boil water for Spinach and blanch for a minute or two; drain, put it under cold water and then try to remove liquid by squeezing it out of the spinach. If you use frozen defrost completely and squeeze any water out. 
  3. In sauté pan add olive oil or butter, minced garlic, then add blanched/defrosted spinach, dried Italian herbs, few pinches of salt to taste, stir-fry for few minutes. Stir and try to break spinach while sautéing.
  4. Drain couscous and add it with the sautéed spinach, break basil leaves and add in the pan; You can add more butter. *Also, you can serve it separately from spinach just by draining couscous and adding little garlic powder and butter on top in the pan with the couscous. Stir and serve with spinach on the side. 
  5. Serve Hot and immediately.

Notes

You can add cooked chicken cubes or any other protein. 

You can use any type of pasta!



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