Couscous With Pine Nuts and Mint

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 tablespoons good olive oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter 

1 cup chopped yellow onion 

3 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade 

1 1/2 cups couscous 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1/2 cup julienned fresh mint leaves, loosely packed 

1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted 


  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook over medium-low heat for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender but not browned. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Stir in the couscous, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and remove from the heat. Cover the pot tightly and allow the couscous to steam for 10 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and stir in the mint and pine nuts. Taste for seasonings and add about 1 teaspoon salt, depending on the saltiness of the stock, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Serve hot.
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