May 16, 2013

Herbed Couscous with Peas and Pine Nuts

Herbed Cous Cous with Peas and Pine Nuts | Fork Knife Swoon

When the weather starts to really heat up, I find myself less and less inclined to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking. I look for recipes that utilize fresh or raw ingredients and come together quickly. This herbed couscous is a great side dish for such occasions. It pairs nicely alongside grilled fish or chicken and you can easily switch out the peas for other vegetables in season (think asparagus, zucchini, or mushrooms). The dish is ready in under 15 minutes, which leaves more time to spend enjoying the summer weather – or just escaping the heat of the kitchen!

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Herbed Cous Cous with Peas and Pine Nuts | Fork Knife Swoon

Herbed Couscous with Peas and Pine Nuts

  • Author: Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x



  • 11/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup dry couscous (usually found near rice and grains, or the international aisle of the grocery store)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas (defrosted)
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste


  1. Bring the water and 1 tbsp of the olive oil to a boil. Stir in the couscous, remove from the heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes, until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil to the hot skillet. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the garlic, shallot and peas and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peas just begin to soften, about 1-2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the pea mixture and the herbs to the couscous and stir to combine. Serve warm.


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    Sunday Swoon - Fork Knife Swoon
    March 20, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    […] A super Spring-y herbed couscous with peas. […]

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    June 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    found this via Pinterest and made it for dinner tonight. So yummy, and my 5-yr-old loved it too!

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    Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen
    May 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    oh Laura this dish looks fabulous!! I love couscous and I’m always looking for new ideas 🙂 I’m definitely gonna try your recipe 🙂
    xox Amy

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      May 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Thank you, Amy! I love it too… especially how easy it is! Let me know how it turns out!