Couscous Risotto with Tomato, Oregano + Mozzarella

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Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 cups passata (from a 24-ounce bottle)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 6 sprigs fresh oregano, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 ounces fresh mozzarella, pulled into bite-sized pieces
  1. Combine passata, chicken broth and a sprig of oregano in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a separate saucepan over medium. Add couscous and garlic and cook, stirring, until beginning to toast, about 1 minute. Add remaining oregano and about a third of the broth. Simmer couscous in broth, stirring occasionally to prevent pasta from sticking, until liquid has almost fully evaporated. Repeat twice with more broth until couscous is tender, about 12 minutes total. Remove oregano sprigs.
  3. Fold in mozzarella just before dividing among serving bowls. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.
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9 days ago Debbie

this is like............. coming in from playing in the snow all day and changing into warm dry pajamas and sitting down in front of the fire with hot chocolate. It warm, and buttery and just yummy. Ya just want to kind of curl in around your bowl and hope it lasts a while.

Jen

8 months ago erskinechef

I can't find israeli couscous - would regular couscous work?

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8 months ago CailinH

Personally don't think regular cous cous would work (not the right consistency), israeli cous cous is also called Pearl cous cous just fyi

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8 months ago anne

ERSKINECHEF, you could use acini di pepe pasta, if you can't find pearl couscous. All couscous is, is a semolina pasta. I think any small pasta would work, just don't cook it to mush.

Belted

9 months ago Butterfield Beef & Berry Farm

we loved this although for three of us we doubled the recipe and managed to finish it (were the portions too small or do we eat too much?) loved it with fresh moz that melted and became long and stretchy. so comforting on a chilly feb night.didn't have passata so we took fire roasted tomatoes and mixed with good tom sauce and b/c we raise chickens, we had the BEST chick broth

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9 months ago CailinH

I made this last night- subtle and delicious! I added some spinach to give it slightly more texture. I think you could add just about anything. Yum!

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10 months ago lorinarlock

This looks so delicious. I'm cooking it tonight and can't wait!