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Pearl Couscous with Herbs, Almonds and Pecorino

4 Servings

35 minutes 20 minutes active

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This dish marries salty, savory flavors with fresh herbal notes and the nuttiness of roasted almonds. Fennel seeds add licorice undertones; grind the seeds to a powder in an electric spice grinder or with mortar and pestle (if you can find preground fennel seed at the store, use an equal amount). The herbs are less likely to discolor if chopped just before use; prep them while the pearl couscous (also called Israeli couscous) cooks. Serve as a light main course, or offer it as a side dish to grilled or roasted chicken or lamb.




Don't forget to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pot after adding the wine. Those bits build depth of flavor in the finished dish.

35 minutes

20 minutes active


  • 2

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve

  • 2

    ounces thinly sliced pancetta, finely chopped


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Johanna G.
July 10, 2022
Great Flavors but Burn Notice!
Flavors are great - I was so excited by the ingredient list. I followed the recipe/directions to a T but unfortunately got a burn notice and a lot of my food got stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot. This was my first time cooking pearl couscous in the Instant Pot - I think next time I would just make this recipe on the stovetop rather than risking a burnt instant pot