Easy-Cook Couscous

Ready in minutes, quick-cooking couscous is possibly the speediest side dish on earth.


Enlarge Image Need a quick and easy side dish that's sure to please? Try couscous!

Cooks enjoy the way this North African staple's bead-shaped grains, made from ground semolina, provide a mild yet texturally interesting side dish that goes with just about anything. Though regular couscous can take up to 60 minutes to cook, the quick-cooking form is ready in a fraction of that. Boil water, pour the couscous into the pan, and let it stand about 5 minutes (follow specific package directions). You will find quick-cooking couscous in the rice or pasta section of the supermarket.

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