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Israeli Couscous and Cheese

Israeli Couscous and Cheese

Chef John

"Since Israeli couscous is nothing more than tiny balls of lightly toasted pasta dough, it works well in this macaroni-n-cheese style dish."
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25 m servings 358 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 358 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 31.3g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 11.4 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 740 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir couscous in the melted butter until slightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until most of the stock is absorbed and the couscous have plumped, 6 to 7 minutes.
  3. Stir heavy cream and pimientos into couscous; add cayenne pepper and cook until couscous is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add more broth if needed.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar cheese until melted; add chives and stir to combine. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.

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  1. 30 Ratings

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I made a few small changes... I didn't include the pimientos because I didn't have them, and I added smoked paprika because I love it. I thought this dish was creamy and warm and perfect for a c...

Most helpful critical review

It was bland and tasted a little like dirt. I added garlic and then it tasted like garlic flavored dirt. Don't waste your expensive Israeli couscous on this.

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I made a few small changes... I didn't include the pimientos because I didn't have them, and I added smoked paprika because I love it. I thought this dish was creamy and warm and perfect for a c...

Super fast and easy to make. I didn't have the pearl couscous only traditional and it still came out yummy. I'll be keeping this recipe around!

Great! However i did not use any salt because the brand of chicken broth had so much therefore i added some steamed peas to help with the sodium. I also didn't have pimentos but smoked paprika w...

This has become a staple at our house that we have at least once a month now. Thanks!


I did not have pimento either but loved the splash of color so added a half red poblano diced and sautéed. My cheese was not sharp - I think sharp would have made it tastier. Was looking for c...

This makes a nice side dish. I used roasted red peppers instead of the pimientos and scallions instead of the chives. I also added about 1/2 tsp of garlic powder along with the roasted red pep...

I will definitely make this again, and did two substitutions that I really liked. I used fat free Greek Yogurt in place of the cream and found it still rich, and substituted diced sweet hot cher...

It was delicious and probably would have been just as good without my changes. I added a little more than 3 oz and a mix of medium cheddar and smoked muenster cheese. Spiced it up with about 1/...

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