Sweet Couscous with Nuts and Dried Fruit

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 14 min
  • Prep: 2 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 2 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

2 1/3 cups water

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped

1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped

2 1/2 cups (about 1 pound) couscous

1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted slivered almonds

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, if desired

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cranberries, apricots, and cherries. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in the couscous and remove the pan from the heat. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid until the couscous has absorbed all of the cooking liquid, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Using a fork, fluff the couscous to break up any lumps. Add the almonds and hazelnuts and toss. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet until completely cooled, about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the couscous to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
  4. Serving Suggestion: Drizzle the couscous with 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil for a moister texture.