I don’t think we ever grow out of love with pizza. It’s our favorite food as kids and also adults. Sometimes it’s fun to change it up and make other dishes pizza flavored. I wanted to have the girls over for dinner last night and sat around thinking of what to make. I saw the couscous and decided to do something with it. You can flavor couscous in so many ways. You can make it sweet, savory, plain, or however you want. You can eat it cold or hot. If you’ve never eaten couscous, it’s basically a pasta in the shape of balls. To get more specific, it’s a type of North African semolina in granules made from crushed durum wheat. Some people eat the couscous crushed, but I like the little ball textures. You can steam couscous, or make it like I did by boiling it. Even though couscous is traditionally prepared with meats, I made mine pizza flavored with zucchini.
I’m going to share the baked couscous recipe with you today and add the salad and parmesan garlic rolls later! I don’t want the post to get too overwhelming.
You could also eat the dish cold over salads (my favorite way) If you don’t have couscous or need a gluten free options, you could substitute the couscous with spaghetti squash or gluten free pasta noodles.
This dish was a hit and I have no doubt you’ll love it too!
Ingredients: *1 Box Couscous (click here to see which box I used), *1 2/3 cups of boiling water, *4 tablespoons of garlic olive oil, *2 medium zucchinis, *1 1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, *1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, *3 cups pizza sauce, & *1 tablespoon of butter.
Add the couscous and two tablespoons of olive oil to a pan heated on high. Lightly brown the couscous.
After the couscous is lightly brown, add 1 2/3 cup of water to the pan. Bring the couscous and water to a boil and turn the heat to medium low. Cover the couscous and let it simmer for 12 minutes.
While the couscous continues to cook, prepare the zucchini. Instead of zucchini, I normally would have added ground turkey, but Sealy is a vegetarian, so I used zucchini as a substitute. Plus, there is no shame in vegetables!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Sauté the zucchini with two tablespoons of olive oil until the zucchini is lightly brown.
Mix the tablespoon of butter with the couscous. You could go the healthier route and use olive oil, but I like the buttery flavor better.
After the butter melts, mix in the zucchini.
Add the pizza sauce to the zucchini and couscous.
Stir all the ingredients evenly.
Add the pizza couscous mixture to a greased baking dish.
Top the dish evenly with the cheeses.
Bake the dish for 15 minutes. The cheese should be fully melted.
This recipe makes 9 servings. Serving size 1 cup.
I served the couscous dish with homemade garlic parmesan rolls and salad. I’ll post the rolls recipe soon!