Basil Scented Spinach and Couscous

July 2, 2013

Author Notes: This was made a couple of weeks ago to go along with grilled lamb chops. Make it a main by adding some feta and olives.inpatskitchen

Serves: 3 as a side


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium leek, white and light green part only, diced
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 cup Israeli (pearl) couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (plus a little extra if needed)
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 to 3 handfuls of baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan with a lid and add the leek and garlic. Saute until the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add the chicken broth and couscous, bring up to a boil and then down to a simmer and simmer, covered for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. On the heat, stir in the diced tomato and chopped spinach and stir until the spinach wilts. If the mixture seems dry at this point add a little more broth. Off the heat, stir in the sliced basil and season to your liking with salt and pepper.

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