JOIN! 12 Weeks for $1


Toasted Pearl Couscous with Butternut Squash and Cranberries

4 Servings

40 minutes

Made This Recipe? Write a Review.
Thank you for submitting your review! A member of our team is confirming the review meets our site's Community Guidelines. It will be posted on the site shortly.

Toasting pearl couscous before cooking it with liquid brings out the pasta’s wheaty, nutty notes and an enticing aroma. In this recipe, we pair the couscous with butternut squash for creamy texture and subtle sweetness, then add pops of flavor with caraway seeds, dried fruits (including sun-dried tomatoes) and toasted nuts. Serve as a vegetarian main or as a side to roasts or kebabs.



40 minutes


Pardon the interruption

You need to be a Milk Street Digital Member to see the full recipe


and get access to all of our recipes and articles online, as well as in print.

How we use your email.

Your email address is required to identify your subscription. We will use it for customer service as well as other communications from Milk Street. We will not share, or rent your email address.

Diana L.
February 8, 2023
I dont know if I liked it or not
My family did not say if it was good or bad. It's certainly different. I only added 2 cups of water because per couscous package it stated for 1 cup of couscous add 1 1/2 of water. I am glad I only added 2 cups because it would have been all mushy and watery. I cooked for 10 min. A little bit of water was left, and couscous was cooked. I took it off then let it stand for another 10-15 min covered.
Leticia M.
October 2, 2023
Great potluck dish!
Really loved how easy this came together.
Amy B.

Made as written and it was fantastic but there are no apricots in it.

Lynn C.

Hi Amy and Susan - You're right, there is a typo in the title. This recipe actually has dried cranberries or cherries. We are so sorry for the mixup. Our digital team is going to change the title ASAP. Thanks for pointing out the error to us!

The Milk Street Team

Steve M.

This was fantastic. I didn't have and don't particularly like caraway seeds so I used anise. Still great.

Anne K.

The couscous is still pretty tough. Was I supposed to cook prior to sautéing?

Lynn C.

Hi Anne -

After the couscous is browned in the skillet, 3 cups of water is added and the couscous gets simmered for 10 to 14 more minutes. Did you continue with the recipe and follow those instructions?

The Milk Street Team