Vegetable Couscous with Moroccan Pesto

2017-10-20
  • Yield : 4 servings
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 45m
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    525
  • Fat

    29 grams
  • Saturated Fat

    9 grams
  • Cholesterol

    30 milligrams
  • Sodium

    1,364 milligrams
  • Carbohydrate

    60 grams
  • Fiber

    11 grams
  • Protein

    11 grams

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro (leaves and some stems)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (stems reserved for couscous)
  • 2 tablespoons whole almonds
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 14 -ounce can peeled tomatoes, halved
  • 2 small carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 zucchini and/or 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat couscous

Method

Step 1

Make the pesto: 

Step 2

Combine the cilantro, parsley leaves, almonds and garlic in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt; process until smooth.

Step 3

Prepare the vegetables for the couscous: Heat a wide heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon salt; cook until the butter begins to brown. Add the onion. Tie the reserved parsley stems and cinnamon stick together with twine; add to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup water, carrots, zucchini and/or Swiss chard, raisins, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 15 minutes. Remove the parsley and cinnamon.

Step 4

Meanwhile, cook the couscous as the label directs. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, season with salt and pepper and fluff with a fork. Top the couscous with the vegetables and pesto.

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