Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Couscous


I have no problem with main dishes for us but it is the side dishes that seem to be the killer. It is usually a plain vegetable steamed with salt and pepper and maybe a little bit of garlic. That is BORING! Add that with the side salads and main course and it is a good meal. But, we need to make these things a bit more flavorful and add in more options.

This dish is packed with tons of flavor and can be customized for your family! Use more tomatoes, different pesto works too. I made this to go with the Garlic Butter Cod (click for link to recipe). YUM!

Verdict: We love this! I think this may be our new go to in different forms. Maybe Basmati rice with chicken stock and all the rest. Hmmm. Something to consider.

This isn’t so much a recipe as an idea. Play with this. We used the whole jar of pesto in ours.

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Couscous

  • Servings: 4 sides
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • Israeli couscous (I made 4 servings for my family as a side)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1 (5 oz) jar pesto (homemade or favorite jarred both work)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • baby spinach
  • salt and black pepper
  • additional Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired

Directions:

  1. Make couscous according to package directions.
  2. While couscous is cooking saute sun-dried tomatoes in about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes with the garlic. When it is warm and fragrant add the baby spinach to wilt.
  3. Stir the sun-dried tomato mixture to the cooked couscous with the pesto. Mix with a fork and taste for balance. Adjust to your taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve with Parmesan cheese topping if desired.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Erika says:

    That is definitely one I will try out. I love dried tomatoes, spinach, pesto. and couscous. What a great combination.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika says:

        I am sure, I will!!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Never thought of so many favorites like this. Well Done. 😋🌿

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Like

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