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three plates of couscous with tomatoes and basil with two glasses of red wine all on a white tablecloth.

Quick Italian Couscous

for dinner or a side, this is the dish you'll make time and time again for one or for a crowd.
Course Pasta, Side Dish, vegetarian
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • 1 box Trader Joes Pearled Couscous
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 T chopped garlic
  • ½ pint grape tomatoes
  • 3.5 oz fresh arugula or any favorite green
  • 3.5 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 2 oz Trader Joe's Israeli feta
  • s/p to taste
  • parmesan cheese optional
  • balsamic vinegar


  • Cook couscous according to package directions and keep warm. If making in advance, refrigerate until you're ready to use it (no more than 2 days) and bring to room temp or warm in microwave.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet until fairly hot.
  • Add tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Saute tomatoes until they burst and get golden on the underside
  • Add the spinach and arugula (or your favorite greens) by the handful along with the garlic and more salt and pepper.
  • Working quickly, saute the vegetables together until the greens wilt to your satisfaction. The whole process should take about 1-2 minutes - TOPS.
  • Place couscous in a shallow bowl and spoon over tomatoes and greens. Top with cheeses if using and add chicken or a protein if you want. Finish with a healthy drizzle of balsamic and season to taste.