Recipe: Couscous with Pine Nuts and Dried Cranberries


This is a great base dish; add or subtract different nuts, herbs, dried fruit, and/or crumbled goat cheese.

Serves 4

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place the couscous in a medium bowl. Bring the broth, water, and two tablespoons of olive oil to a boil in a medium saucepan. Pour boiling liquid over couscous and stir to combine. Add the dried cranberries, combine, and then cover with plastic wrap. Set aside about ten minutes or until liquid has been absorbed.

Remove plastic wrap and fold in pine nuts and chopped herbs.

Add salt, pepper, and additional olive oil to taste before serving.

Serve warm or at room temperature.