Whole-Wheat Couscous with Parmesan & Peas


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.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 servings, 2/3 cup each


  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous

  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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 (per serving)

213 Calories
4g Fat
36g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2/3 cup
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 783IU 16%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 23mcg 6%
Sodium 395mg 17%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 11mg 3%
Potassium 108mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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