Cheesy Pearl Couscous with Roasted Broccoli

cheesy pearl couscous with roasted broccoli
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  • 4Servings


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 package (8 oz.) bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 box (6.3 oz.) israeli or pearl couscous
  • 10 ounces frozen corn, thawed
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups (about 8 oz.) grated aged gouda


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, melt 3 tbsp. butter in the microwave, then stir in the garlic. Spread the broccoli in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet; drizzle the the garlic butter. Roast until tender, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Reserve the skillet, discarding all but 1 tbsp. of the bacon fat.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the couscous until just al dente, 5 to 6 minutes; drain.

Add the corn and scallions to the reserved skillet and cook over medium-high heat until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Add the couscous and chicken stock and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the remaining 2 tbsp. butter, the cheese and reserved bacon. Serve with the broccoli.