Couscous-Stuffed Peppers with Basil Sauce

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup couscous
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 packed cup chopped baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium red bell peppers
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper
  • Hot water, as needed
  • Sauce:
  • 1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup (about 4 ounces) creme fraiche
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus extra, as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra, as needed
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Filling: In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth and cumin to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the couscous. Cover the pan until the couscous is tender and all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 to 6 minutes. Put the couscous in a large bowl and add the beans, currants, spinach, feta and 1/4 cup olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir until all the ingredients are combined.

  • Slice the tops off the peppers and remove all the ribs and seeds. If necessary, cut a very thin slice from the base to help the peppers stand up. Stuff the peppers with the filling and drizzle the tops with olive oil. Put the peppers in an 8 by 8-inch square baking dish. Fill the baking dish with 3/4-inch hot water and bake until the filling is golden and the peppers are cooked through, about 55 to 60 minutes. Cooks Note: If the filling begins to brown too quickly, cover the pan with foil.)

  • Sauce: In a blender, combine the basil, creme fraiche, olive oil, water, garlic, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.

  • Remove the peppers from the oven and arrange on serving plates. Spoon the sauce around the peppers and serve.


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