Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots

Blogging Marathon# 28: Week 4/ Day 3

Theme: BM Pairs - Chef Mireille's Gourmet Global

Dish: Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots

For the final day of this month's BM, I'm paired with Chef Mireille who blogs at Gourmet Global. Her blog's name says it all. She has tons of gourmet dishes from all over the globe. I was lucky to meet her in person and she is as lively and bubbly in person as she is on her blog.

I've bookmarked a ton of recipes to try from her blog, but today I made this very simple one-pot dish, Pesto Israeli Couscous with Carrots. Mireille used Roasted garlic spinach pesto in her dish, but I made broccoli-mint pesto. Other than that I followed her recipe to the 'T'. 

Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots

This recipe uses Harissa, a Middle Eastern chili sauce. Luckily I had a jar of harissa in my pantry, an impulse buy from a Turkish grocery store. The combination of pesto and harissa gave this dish a very unique and interesting taste that I totally loved. I loved it so much that I added them both again to a 3 grain pilaf I made the very next day :-)

Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots

Israeli Couscous is a round/ ball shaped pasta that can be cooked right in the pan along with other ingredients, making this an ideal one-pot dish. Perfect for weeknight meals.

Blogging Marathon# 28: Week 4/ Day 3 Theme: BM Pairs - Chef Mireille's Gourmet Global Dish: Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots For the final day of this month's BM, I'm paired with Chef Mireille who blogs at Gourmet Global. Her blog's name says it all. She has tons of gourmet dishes from all over...

Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots

Summary

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  • Coursemain course
  • Cuisineamerican
  • Yield2~3 Serving s 2~3 Serving
  • Cooking Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time30 minutesPT0H30M

Ingredients

Israeli Couscous
½cup
Onion - small, finely chopped
1
Carrot - small, diced
1
Broccoli Pesto (recipe follows or you can use this Broccoli-Basil pesto)
3tbsps
Harissa
1½tsps
Salt and Pepper
to taste
Broccoli Mint Pesto:
Broccoli of florets
1cup
Garlic
2cloves
Mint - loosely packed
1 cup
Jalapeno - medium (remove the seeds and ribs to reduce the heat)
1
Lemon juice
2tbsps
Pinenuts - toasted
¼cup
Extravirgin olive oil
2tbsps
Salt and Pepper
to taste

Steps

  1. Heat 2tsp oil in a saute pan; add onions and carrots. Cook until veggies are tender.
  2. Add pesto, harissa and Israeli couscous. Saute until couscous is lightly toasted and coated evenly with the spice mixture.
  3. Next add 1½cups of water, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and cook covered until couscous is cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.Serve warm.
  4. Make Broccoli Pesto: Microwave broccoli for 2-3 minutes with a pinch of salt. Broccoli should be very tender once done.
  5. Blend all other ingredients along with cooked broccoli into a smooth paste.
  6. Store the leftover pesto in an airtight container and use within a week or freeze for longer shelf life.
Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots

I made a spicy broccoli-mint pesto to add to the couscous. My mint plants are growing like crazy and I wanted to use some in this dish. I added a jalapeno to make the pesto nice and spicy. Omit it if you want a milder pesto.

Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots
Store the leftover pesto in an airtight container and use within a week or freeze for longer shelf life.
Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 28.

Israeli Couscous with Pesto & Carrots
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