Israeli Couscous and Cheese

Israeli Couscous and Cheese

Chef John 21724

"Since Israeli couscous is nothing more than tiny balls of lightly toasted pasta dough, it works well in this macaroni-n-cheese style dish."


25 m servings 358 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 358 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 31.3g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 11.4 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 740 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir couscous in the melted butter until slightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until most of the stock is absorbed and the couscous have plumped, 6 to 7 minutes.
  3. Stir heavy cream and pimientos into couscous; add cayenne pepper and cook until couscous is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add more broth if needed.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar cheese until melted; add chives and stir to combine. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.
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  1. 18 Ratings


I made a few small changes... I didn't include the pimientos because I didn't have them, and I added smoked paprika because I love it. I thought this dish was creamy and warm and perfect for a c...

Yummy variation on classic mac and cheese. I didn't have heavy cream, so I substituted a combination of milk and butter. Delicious.

It's a nice meal for comfort, easy to see why kids would like it. I would probably do 1 1/2 cups chicken broth next time, it was a little too soupy.

I keep forgetting to pick up fresh chives, but I've been substituting Herbs de Provence instead and that has been tasty. The first time I made this I used Italian seasoning and it was just so-so...

This was nice change instead of the regular macaroni and cheese!! Great recipe. I did leave out the pimientos because I don't like them.

Easy way to make a quick mac and cheese like dish. Did not add pimento as I did not have it on hand. Kids liked it.

Super fast and easy to make. I didn't have the pearl couscous only traditional and it still came out yummy. I'll be keeping this recipe around!

Honestly I didnt like the flavors of this recipe. Sorry.

The only change I made was to omit the pimientos. I love them but my husband and daughter won't touch them so to keep the peace I left them out. I have only recently discovered this type of co...