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Zucchini with Tomato, Pearl Couscous and Mint

4 to 6 Servings

35 minutes

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In this dish, tender, silky slices of zucchini (and/or yellow summer squash) find a delicious partner in satisfyingly chewy pearl couscous coated with a mixture of well browned tomato paste and garlic. Caramelizing the paste enhances its umami and savory-sweet notes for big, bold depth of flavor. Fresh herb(s) and lemon wedges for squeezing bring brightness and balance. Serve this as a side to kebabs, roasts or grilled meats or seafood, or turn it into a light meal by serving a salad alongside.

4 to 6



Don’t stir the zucchini for the first five minutes after adding the slices to the skillet. Undisturbed cooking allows the zucchini to brown nicely. Thereafter, stir occasionally to facilitate even cooking.

35 minutes


  • ¾

    cup pearl couscous

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


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Jim K.
August 23, 2022
Big Taste and Flavor!
Eats like a main dish to me. Great vegetarian option.
Connie H.
June 29, 2022
Lots of flavour for so few ingredients. The lemon is a nice touch. Would be great alongside grilled meats. I made this as a quick lunch and it was great as a light main. Maybe double the recipe for 4 people..the recipe was perfect for 2 of us.
Diana L.

It had too many steps and it did not taste good at all. No flavor. I would just cook the couscous 3/4 cup in 1-3/4 cup of water, so you don't have to drain it (again it's an extra step you do not need).