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Lemon & Thyme Couscous

I am not sure if there is anything that much easier to make than cous cous.  Basically it involves boiling water, stirring in some cous cous and removing from heat…waiting a few minutes and then fluffing the cous cous.  That being said, plain old cous cous can be kind of…well…plain.   But it is so simple to add some flavor to cous cous. One way, is to add some ingredients to the water you cook the cous cous in. For this recipe chicken broth, lemon zest and fresh thyme are added.   This cous cous makes a good accompaniment for a chicken stew.

Lemon & Thyme Couscous

(serves 6)

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 3/4 cups cous cous (about a 3/4 pound box)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  1. In a 2 to 2 1/2 quart heavy saucepan bring water, broth, thyme and zest to a boil.
  2. Stir in couscous.
  3. Cover pan and immediately remove from heat.
  4. Let couscous stand covered, 5 minutes.
  5. Fluff couscous with a fork and stir in oil and salt and pepper to taste.
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