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Israeli Couscous With Tart Apple and Sage

I had never tried Israeli couscous until I attended a wedding. I had prepared the more common variety of couscous dozens of times but had somehow managed to overlook this larger, orzo-like variety.

Israeli Couscous With Tart Apple and Sage

When I got back from the wedding, it went straight on my grocery list, and last night I came up with this recipe that incorporates two of my favorite ingredients to cook with in the fall: apples and sage. Enjoy!

Israeli Couscous With Tart Apple and Sage
3/4 cup Israeli couscous
1 3/4 cups vegetable broth
1 small sweet onion, diced
1 small tart apple, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1/4 tsp. ground sage
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for sauteing
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • Place the couscous in a medium saucepan along with the broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. When tender, remove from the heat and drain any excess broth. Set aside.
  • Drizzle about 1 tsp. olive oil into a large skillet. Over medium heat, saute the onion until beginning to brown.
  • Add the apple and red pepper and cook until the pepper begins to soften. Add the sage and walnuts and cook for about 1 minute, or until the walnuts become aromatic. Turn off the heat.
  • Add the cooked couscous and stir to incorporate. Pour the olive oil, lemon juice, and kosher salt over the mixture and gently stir to combine. Use more salt, to taste.
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  • Danielle says:

    Hi, I made this dish last night… I absolutely love Israeli Couscous… it came out great, thank you!

  • Kasey says:

    Could you use the more common type of couscous in this recipe? There isn’t a grocery store in my area that carries Israeli couscous and I really want to try this dish!

  • Snoflake says:

    This was wonderful. I left out the bell pepper and used onion powder instead of an onion. I agree, half of this recipe can serve one person as an entree. I’m going to make this for Thanksgiving!

  • Karissa says:

    I also just tried this dish. I’m not sure how many servings it’s supposed to be, but I had half of it for a very satisfying dinner. It has a unique, addicting flavor.

  • Sally says:

    I just made this and it was so good. My whole family wanted seconds.