Couscous with Pine nuts

Today’s post is going to be short! I have lots to do before my husband and I head out for the night!

For lunch, I had some leftovers from last nights dinner. Ina Garten’s couscous with pine nuts was on the menu. We really enjoyed it! I need to make couscous more often.

Too pretty to eat!

My husband and I loved the crunch from the pine nuts and the little bursts of sweetness from the currants. This recipe makes a lot! At least 4-6  generous servings.

I tweaked this a little bit to make it my own. My changes are in red.


  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter (I used 3 tbsp of Earth Balance light)
  • 3/4 cup chopped shallots (I used a small yellow onion)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous (I used whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts (pignolis)
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the shallots and cook them over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, until translucent. Add the chicken stock, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat. Stir in the couscous, cover the pan, and set aside for 10 minutes. Add the pine nuts, currants, and parsley and fluff with a fork to combine. Serve hot.

I hope you give this recipe a try. It makes a great side dish and is wonderful with vegetables.

We’ll be back on Monday! No post tomorrow so have a great weekend!! :)

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  • TheNewHealthy

    You know what's awesome about this recipe? Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock–and it's vegan!! :)

    • Lisa

      I know! I was thinking the same exact thing while making it! :)

    • Healthy Diaries

      I know! I was thinking that exact same thing when I was making it! :)

  • Kristina

    I will def re-make this (w/veggie stock:) Looks so tasty!

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