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Lemon Couscous with Broccoli

I combined two recipes to create this side with broccoli and pasta. The splash of lemon adds nice flavor. Instead of toasted almonds, you could also sprinkle servings with grated Parmesan cheese. —Beth Dauenhauer, Pueblo, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat couscous
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted


  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli; cook and stir until crisp-tender.
  • Add couscous and garlic; cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer. Stir in broth, lemon zest, lemon juice and seasonings; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, until broth is absorbed, 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Sprinkle with almonds.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 115 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 328mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • xlsalbums
    Apr 13, 2020

    Too much couscous. The broccoli was good.

  • Heather
    Oct 23, 2018

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  • manuahs
    Sep 29, 2014

    This dish was amazing! My son who is 12 hates broccoli. But I served this and he ate it all! This is a winner in my book. It's very flavorful.

  • annette.barney
    Jun 24, 2013

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  • jeannechris
    May 18, 2013

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  • CaliforniaLE
    Apr 2, 2013

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  • faffodil4607
    Jul 28, 2011

    I have tried the boxed couscous and they are inedible. This recipe is simple, takes very little time, contains no additives or preservatives and is delicious!

  • melgrosh77
    Jul 7, 2011

    I didn't think this recipe was worth the effort. There are boxed couscous with seasoning packets that you could squeeze lemon juice and add frozen broccoli to that taste way better and are much easier to put together

  • MBilllman
    Mar 29, 2011

    I make this frequently. It's easy and 'makes the broccoli go down' more easily for my kids.