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Couscous with pine nuts

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
Dietary Vegetarian
From Countryfile Summer Diaries


  1. Place the couscous, salt and pine nuts in a lidded saucepan and stir well.

  2. Pour the water over (it should be about 2cm/¾in above the couscous).

  3. Put the pan lid on and leave until ready to serve.

  4. Gently fork the couscous to break up the grains, before transferring to a bowl to serve.

  5. This makes a great salad meal if you let the couscous go cold and keep in the fridge. If you are serving the couscous with a spicy main, leave this dish the way it is and serve hot. If you're serving it with a plainer meat, such as lamb chops, you could soften some onion in olive oil, and add fresh ginger, chilli and garlic before adding the couscous to the pan.


  • 200g/7oz couscous
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100g/3½oz pine nuts
  • 570ml/20fl oz/1 pint boiling water

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