Mint pea couscous is the perfect side dish to welcome warmer weather!
It’s finally officially warm here, darlings. I needed spring to arrive. I needed warm weather and sunshine, and fresh produce of the green variety. The Godfather and I aren’t “live in winter” people. We’re more like “visit” winter people, and while we didn’t really have “winter” per se this year, we couldn’t leave the house too often with a new little in tow. Warm weather brings a little more mobility, and a slightly older baby ready to explore. Also produce.
The farmer from which we purchase our raw milk has a neighbor who has a greenhouse and they’ve teamed up to offer weekly CSA boxes. I *love* our new CSA box. First of all, I love that I can just order week by week because I’m commitment-phobic, and second, it’s almost all organic, and third, I support a small farm. The farmer also grows some super cool vegetables that are difficult to source via typical grocery stores. You’ll see some recipes inspired by these boxes on the blog soon. Y’all know I cook faster than I can blog.
Anyway, about this mint pea couscous… it’s springtime in a bowl! I like to use the large Israeli-style couscous for salads (like this one), and wanted to use some of the beautiful mint we got in one of our boxes. Since it’s springtime and I’m thinking seasonal flavors, a mint pea couscous seemed like a natural choice. Peas and mint are a classic combination and very very springtime flavors.
I like this dish served warm, but it can also work at room temperature. You may use either fresh or frozen peas, I’ve used both with great results. Peas are only in season so long. I hope you enjoy this recipe!
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 cups broth or water
- 1 cup Israeli couscous (large grain), 173 g
- 10 ounces fresh or frozen peas, 283 g
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp fresh mint, diced or julienned
- Bring the butter and broth to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the couscous and peas and cook according to the package directions, usually about 5 minutes, and then allow to sit, covered, another 5 minutes.
- Add the salt and stir in the mint. Adjust seasoning to taste.