Baked Couscous with Basil and Tomato

    45 minutes

    Couscous can be fairly bland so you have to jazz it up with intense flavours like garlic, basil and balsamic vinegar.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 cup (175g) couscous
    • 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1/4 cup diced red capsicum
    • 4 spring onions, sliced
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
    • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
    • 1 pinch salt, to taste
    • 1 pinch ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 dash balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Stir couscous into boiling water and return water to a boil. Cover and remove saucepan from heat. Let stand 5 minutes then fluff with a fork.
    3. While the couscous is cooking heat oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, spring onions and capsicums then saute briefly.
    4. Stir in tomatoes, basil, cooked couscous, salt and pepper. Mix together and transfer to a casserole dish. Splash some balsamic vinegar on top.
    5. Bake in a preheated 180 degrees C oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese while still warm.

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    Great recipe! I made this easy on myself and just used a box of couscous and followed the directions on the back. I then tossed in the garlic, red bell pepper, green onion and cherry tomato. I cut the amount of basil in half. I added a bit more balsamic and added 2 Tbsp. of grated Parmesan right to the mixture. I baked it at 350 for 20 minutes and then topped with some shredded Parmesan cheese. Overall, very good.  -  28 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    As others suggested, I used chicken broth instead of water. I also quatered my cherry tomatoes, and had to substitute regular onion instead of green onions, and added more parmesian cheese than called for. Overall, a great recipe, and my entire family loved it!  -  19 Sep 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Excellent recipe! Very easy and healthy too...will make again!  -  21 Jan 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)