Couscous, which is actually a type of tiny pasta, makes an almost-instant side dish. Happily, the whole-wheat variety is just as fast to prepare as regular couscous. Lemon zest is a delicious accent to nutty Parmesan in this Italian-inspired couscous.

Patsy Jamieson


Recipe Summary

20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine broth, water and oil in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in couscous and remove from heat. Cover and let plump for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, cook peas on the stovetop or in the microwave according to package directions.

  • Add the peas, dill, lemon zest, salt and pepper to the couscous; mix gently and fluff with a fork. Serve hot, sprinkled with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

213 calories; protein 9.9g 20% DV; carbohydrates 36g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 6.6g 26% DV; sugars 1.7g; fat 4.2g 6% DV; saturated fat 1.3g 6% DV; cholesterol 5.7mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 782.8IU 16% DV; vitamin c 4.2mg 7% DV; folate 22.5mcg 6% DV; calcium 66.3mg 7% DV; iron 0.6mg 4% DV; magnesium 10.6mg 4% DV; potassium 107.7mg 3% DV; sodium 394.5mg 16% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV.

Reviews (11)

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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
The couscous turned out ok. I thought it was kind of bland though. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great recipe! This recipe is delicious -- it took very little effort to make and was done in less than 10 minutes. I bought a huge jar of whole-wheat couscous and I have been finding all kinds of easy recipes to make with it -- it cooks fast and it's good for you! I also found sodium-free chicken boullion which I mix with hot water and use in place of canned chicken broth so it adds delicious flavor but no sodium to this recipe. Pros: Quick easy delicious Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
AMAZING!!! This dish is incredible!! I've made it twice already! I used Stelline pasta (tiny star shaped pastas) instead of couscous. It turned out perfect. Even my husband who is not very keen on healthy dishes loved it! Tonight I am making this same dish except I'm doing it stuffed pepper style! Yum can't wait!!! Pros: Easy quick healthy and yummy! Cons: None!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
wonderful This was a really nice change up from just regular couscous plus it was healthy and filling. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was not only filling but very tasty. I will add just a bit more chicken broth next time because it was a bit too sticky for my taste but it is delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is very easy healthy and tasty! I easily found whole wheat couscous by Fantastic in my grocery store. I had to substitute 1Tbls of dried dill for 2 Tbls of fresh. My husband and my ever so selective 17 year old approved and asked for more! Go UVM Cats! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yum! My hubby and I couldn't stop eating it and it was something my 9 month old could share a little of too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely WONDERFUL! Having only discovered couscous in the last year or so I am a BIG fan of this unique ingredient. And pairing it with lemon? GREAT! Served this recipe tonight with a dry-aged t-bone steak using the tri-color couscous and the pairing worked very well. I'll be looking for more couscous recipes to try! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Not my favorite way to spice up couscous I was hoping that the parmesan cheese would be the main flavor of this dish maybe a little less lemon and dill and something different. It needed a more salty ingredient or something. Pros: Not bland like normal couscous very nutritious/healthy Cons: The lemon and dill overpower and don't make a good pair to the couscous Read More