Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

2024

Pearl Couscous “Risotto” with Asparagus

4 servings

servings

30 minutes

total time

Ingredients

4 tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

3 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 cup pearl couscous

1/3 cup dry white wine

1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut on the diagonal into ½-inch pieces; reserve the stalks and tips separately

1 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (½ cup), plus more to serve

1/2 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped, plus more to serve

Directions

In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Add the onion and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper, then cook, stirring, until it begins to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant. Add the couscous and cook, stirring often, until it begins to brown.

Pour in the wine and cook, stirring, until the pan is almost dry, about 1 minute. Add 3 cups water and ½ teaspoon salt, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in the asparagus stalks and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, then stir in the asparagus tips. Continue to cook, stirring, until almost all the liquid has been absorbed and the asparagus is tender, about another 2 minutes.

Off heat, add the Parmesan, parsley and remaining 1 tablespoon butter, then stir until the butter melts. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with additional Parmesan and parsley.

4 servings

servings

30 minutes

total time
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