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Israeli Couscous and Cheese Recipe
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Israeli Couscous and Cheese
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  • READY IN 25 mins

Israeli Couscous and Cheese

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"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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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 17, 2013

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 cold night. My family agrees.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 21, 2015

It's a nice meal for comfort, easy to see why kids would like it. I would probably do 1 1/2 cups chicken broth next time, it was a little too soupy.

Aug 24, 2015

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 worked great.

Jun 28, 2015

Yummy variation on classic mac and cheese. I didn't have heavy cream, so I substituted a combination of milk and butter. Delicious.

Jan 19, 2015

I keep forgetting to pick up fresh chives, but I've been substituting Herbs de Provence instead and that has been tasty. The first time I made this I used Italian seasoning and it was just so-so. Husband and I really like this as a substitute to traditional mac'n'cheese. We'll usually mix in baked beans and have a hearty side dish. This is delicious with or without the pimentos. I've shared it around to family and friends since it is so simple, so easy and pretty darned inexpensive. I also like that you can play around with the spices and the cheese.

Jan 13, 2015

This was nice change instead of the regular macaroni and cheese!! Great recipe. I did leave out the pimientos because I don't like them.

Oct 12, 2014

Easy way to make a quick mac and cheese like dish. Did not add pimento as I did not have it on hand. Kids liked it.

Sep 21, 2014

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!


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  • Calories
  • 358 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 11.4 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 740 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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