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Israeli Couscous with Bacon and Peas

Israeli Couscous with Bacon and Peas Israeli Couscous with Bacon and Peas Israeli Couscous with Bacon and Peas

Simple ingredients create this sophisticated side dish. The bacon performs double-duty creating a silky coating for toasting the Israeli couscous as well as garnish. The couscous and peas produce a very pleasing texture while the bacon and lemon contribute tang and a silky mouth-feel.













Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


3 slices bacon
cut into pieces
1 each shallots
finely diced
½ each lemon
wedges for garnish
½ cup couscous
1 teaspoon thyme
1 ½ cups water
or more as needed
½ pound green peas
1 ounce Parmesan cheese
or shaved
1 x salt
to taste
1 x black pepper
to taste


Cook the bacon (cut cross-wise into ½ inch pieces) over medium heat in a non-stick skillet until crispy.

Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate with paper toweling, reserving the bacon drippings in the pan.

Add the finely diced shallots to the reserved bacon drippings and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the Israeli couscous, stir to coat and cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until the couscous is toasted. Increase heat to medium high.

Add the water, thyme, ½ the juice of a lemon, salt if desired, bring to a boil, reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the couscous is just about cooked through (about 5 minutes). You may need to add more water ⅛ cup at a time until you reach your preferred level of done-ness.

Stir in the peas and ½ of the crispy bacon, cook for about 2 minutes. Taste, adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper.

For serving, garnish with the remaining bacon, shavings or grated Parmesan cheese and lemon wedges.

Serves 4 as a small side or 2 as a more hearty serving.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 182g (6.4 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 17119% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 374mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 17%
Sugars g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A 24% Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 6% Iron 7%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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