Pearl Couscous with Vegetables

In this version of pasta, I have used Israeli couscous, which is a small variety of pasta but looks like a grain/ tapioca/ sabudana. This variety of pasta is delicious as a main course when loaded with vegetables and pasta sauce. I have tried the same recipe with pesto sauce and it taste delicious.

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Ingredients: Serves 2
Israeli pearl couscous – 1 cup
Homemade Pasta Sauce / Store bought – 4 tablespoon
Broccoli florets – ½ cup
Shredded Broccoli Stems, Carrots – ½ cup
Green Bell Pepper/ Capsicum cut into strips – ½ cup
Chopped Onions – ½ cup
Garlic – 2 cloves
Crushed Italian herbs – ¼ teaspoon
Pepper – as per taste
Salt – as per taste
Nutritional Yeast / Parmesan cheese – as needed
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon

Method:
1. To prepare the couscous pasta, first boil the couscous as per the packet instructions.

Dry Pearl CousCOus

2. The above is the pic of the dry couscous before cooking.

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3. The above is the pic of the couscous after cooking.
4. In a deep pan add 1 tablespoon of oil and add finally grated / chopped garlic and stir for 1 minute. During this process the garlic flavors the oil well.
5. Now, add in the vegetables and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes till the vegetables are almost half cooked but still retains its crunchiness.

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6. Add in 4 tablespoon of pasta sauce, herbs, pepper and salt. Stir for 2 minutes. At this time if the sauce is dry, you can add few tablespoon of water. Do a taste test to see, if the salt and pepper is fine.

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7. Now, add in the cooked couscous and mix well. Sprinkle some nutritional yeast/ parmesan cheese and serve Hot. It’s a meal in itself.

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Note:
1. Feel free to use any type of pasta for the same recipe.
2. Nutritional yeast taste like cheese and can be a healthy substitute to regular cheese which is loaded with calories. Nutritional yeast is a good source of protein.
3. You can add in as many vegetables you like.
4. Sprouts can also be added to increase the protein intake
5. I would be posting soon the recipe of my homemade pasta sauce.

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