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Quick Parmesan Couscous

Couscous is a quick alternative to rice, and this recipe couldn't be easier. Parmesan cheese and lemon juice add just the right flavor to this versatile side dish.

Southern Living SEPTEMBER 2005

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Cook time: 5 Minutes
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes
  • Stand: 5 Minutes


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 (10-ounce) package plain, uncooked couscous
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Bring 2 cups chicken broth and 1 tablespoon butter to a boil. Stir in 1 (10-ounce) package plain, uncooked couscous; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper. Fluff with a fork, and serve immediately.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used DiGiorno Grated Parmesan Cheese.


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