Home-cooked meals have been sparse these days. When they do happen, they need to be fast and easy. Nothing that involves chopping too many ingredients and standing in the kitchen for too long. This is one of our simple and satisfyingly tasty, go-to recipes: the one pan couscous with pine nuts and raisins. A great blend of the sweet and savory.
In the spirit of this recipe’s ease, this will be a short and quick entry.
One Pan Couscous with Pine Nuts and Raisins
1 1/2 cups of couscous
2 1/2 cups of broth (I used vegetable)
2-3 tablespoons of pine nuts (depends on how much you like them)
1/4 cup of raisins (pre-soaked in hot water)
1-2 tablespoon of chopped scallions
1 tablespoon parsley, preferably fresh and finely chopped
2-4 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large pan.
When ready, add the pine nuts.
Toast them in the pan until slightly brown.
Remove with slotted spoon and set aside in a small bowl.
Lower the heat.
Add the couscous and give it a swirl in the pan.
Let the remaining oil coat the couscous and
give it a chance to get slightly toasted.
Turn off the heat.
Add the broth.
Mix it evenly into the pasta.
It’s okay if there is some extra liquid floating around.
The couscous will absorb the broth.
Place a cover on the pan and let it sit for 15 minutes.
When the time has passed, lift the lid and with a fork,
move the couscous around, fluffing it up.
Let it sit covered for another 5 minutes.
Then add the toasted pine nuts, drained raisins and scallions.
Add the remaining oil and salt to taste.
Voila, all cooked in one pan and ready to eat!