Couscous Green Peas-Almonds and Herbs
I love couscous, perhaps because it was a dish my mom would make often when we lived in North Africa. Couscous is extremely versatile and incredibly practical, in just a few minutes it can be prepared and served. I prepare it in so many ways just like I do with pasta dishes. In this recipe, I am using few simple ingredients such as sweet peas, golden raisins, and almonds for an incredibly fragrant dish. Chef Alba
  • 2cups couscous
  • 4tbsps Secolari Basil Olive Oildivided
  • 3/4cup green sweet peasthawed
  • 1/4cup golden raisins
  • 1to taste Secolari Fleur de Sel Sea Salt
  • 1to taste freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 – 1/2cup lightly toasted almond slicesor slivered
  • 2-3tbsps minced fresh basil
  • 2-3tbsps minced fresh mint
  • 1/2 juice of lemon
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the broth or water to a boil.
  2. Place 2 cups of couscous in a bowl. With your hands, coat couscous with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. As soon as the broth boils, transfer the liquid to the bowl with the couscous. Quickly cover for ten minutes, undisturbed.
  3. Heat remaining 2 ½ tablespoons oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the peas and cook about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add the raisins and almonds; stir.
  4. When the couscous is ready, fluff with a fork. Add the pea mixture. Squeeze lemon juice on top, add fresh mint and basil; serve warm or at room temperature.