Sausage and Spinach Couscous

6
6
6
Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
41 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
31 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
Couscous is a coarse-ground wheat grain (similar to semolina) and a staple of North African cuisine.

Ingredients

olive oil

1 tsp

uncooked chicken sausage(s)

1 pound(s), Italian, cut into 2-inch chunks

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

sweet red pepper(s)

1 medium, seeded and chopped

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

reduced-sodium chicken broth

¾ cup(s)

home made marinara sauce

½ cup(s)

fresh spinach

5 oz, coarsely chopped baby leaves

uncooked couscous

1 cup(s), plain variety

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning often, until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a bowl.
  2. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the skillet. Cook, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. If the mixture seems dry, add about 1⁄4 cup water to the skillet while the vegetables are cooking.
  3. Return the sausage to the skillet. Add the broth and marinara sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the sausage is cooked through, about 8 minutes longer. Stir in the spinach. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach just begins to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in the couscous. Cover and remove from the heat. Let stand until the liquid is absorbed and the couscous is tender, about 5 minutes. Fluff the mixture lightly with a fork just before serving. Yields generous 1 cup per serving.

Notes

Couscous its sometimes referred to as Moroccan-style pasta and can be substituted as a quick alternative to rice in many recipes—it cooks in only 5 minutes. Couscous is available boxed in a variety of flavors, such as roasted garlic and olive oil or Parmesan, as well as the most commonly used plain couscous. Be sure to use the plain variety in this and the Turkey Couscous with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts, on the following page.

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