Recipe courtesy of Ali Clarke

One-Pot Israeli Couscous Shrimp-and-Veggie Bowls

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Cooking for a family can be time-consuming, but doing the dishes afterwards is what gets to me. Making one-pot meals has become one of my goals, and this is a favorite recipe from that challenge. This entire meal comes together in 30 minutes and tastes like a traditional couscous salad meets risotto—without all the work. Israeli couscous, a variety with bigger, more pearl-like grains than standard couscous—turns tender and creamy when slow-simmered in broth, and the shrimp and zucchini come out perfectly cooked. Everything is brought together with a bright and tangy vinaigrette, fresh herbs and Parmesan. Whether for dinner or lunch, my hope is that this recipe makes your day a little easier and a little more delicious.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a 10- to 12-cup Dutch oven or large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. Add the onion, zucchini, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté until the onion and zucchini soften and the zucchini is just beginning to turn golden brown in spots, about 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the garlic and couscous. Cook, stirring, until the couscous is toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the wine evaporates, about 1 minute. Stir in the broth and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. While the broth comes to a boil, sprinkle the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and toss. Lay the seasoned shrimp over the top of the couscous, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the couscous absorbs most of the liquid and is tender and the shrimp is cooked through and bright pink, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid and increase the heat to medium. Simmer until any remaining liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  5. Whisk together the lemon zest and juice, orange juice, olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir the vinaigrette into the couscous until combined. Stir in the tomatoes and herbs. Divide among 4 serving bowls and garnish with Parmesan.

Cook’s Note

I like to mix lemon juice and orange juice in my vinaigrettes, but you can also use all lemon or all orange juice and zest in this version. Other vegetables can be substituted for the zucchini in this recipe: Asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces, or yellow squash, bell peppers or small broccoli florets to name a few. Just don’t use very dense veggies like winter squash or potatoes. If you use frozen vegetables, make sure to defrost them first and pour off excess liquid before adding them.

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