Herbed Israeli couscous

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 8
Herbed Israeli couscous

Heat a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and cook until it bubbles and turns brown on the edges. Add the onion and cook until tender and golden, about 5 minutes.


Add the couscous and cook until hot and starting to toast, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Add 2 cups of the stock or water and cook until the liquid is absorbed, stirring as you would risotto. Continue to add liquid slowly, waiting for the couscous to absorb the liquid before adding more, stirring regularly. Cook until the couscous is tender, about 40 minutes.


Remove the pan from the heat and fold in the parsley, tarragon and chervil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Israeli couscous is sold in Middle Eastern markets.

Russ Parsons is a former food writer and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.
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