Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prep Time
5 Mins
Cook Time
5 Mins
Stand Time
5 Mins
Makes 4 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Ratings & Reviews

peaches09's Review

October 08, 2009
This is a good and tasty recipe. It goes together quickly, and offers a change from the usual side dishes. Good with fish. FYI, cooked couscous can be frozen for up to 3 months.

payton1966's Review

July 28, 2013

Foxylittlemama's Review

February 15, 2010
I was looking for a simple tasty way to make couscous and I found it in this recipe. I had previously bought boxed parmesan couscous (which is costly) and this compares pretty well to it.

tara31's Review

September 10, 2011
I used whole wheat pearled couscous and vegetable broth. Served with Maple-Glazed Scallops and Balsamic Green Beans. Excellent side dish!

Sour-mouthed Review

March 28, 2016
 I'm literally sour mouthed after eating this. 1 tbsp lemon juice? Makes me a little sick. I made it again not using lemon at all, tasted better. This is still very good with pearl couscous. I recommend 1 tsp of lemon if you're using it at all.

Perfect pairing

September 12, 2016
Loved this recipe. We used French couscous and increase the amount to 12 oz, homemade bone broth, and doubled the cheese and lemon juice. We paired it with a slightly spicy tomato-saffron cod recipe, and it was delicious. The lemon gave the couscous and cheese a nice sharpness that worked so well with the tomato and white wine based sauce for the fish. Will definitely try pairing it with other recipes. Love, love, love this quick and simple recipe.