Do not subtitute regular couscous in this dish, as it requires a different cooking method and will not work in this recipe.

  • 2 cups pearl couscous
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Salt and pepper

Heat couscous and oil in medium saucepan or medium heat, stirring frequently, until about half of grains are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in water and salt, increase heat to high, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until water is absorbed and couscous is tender, 9 to 12 minutes. Off heat, let couscous sit, covered, for 3 minutes.

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