This Pearl Couscous and Chickpea Skillet is packed with vibrant flavors and freshness. Pearl couscous, tomatoes, chickpeas, spices and a bunch of fresh herbs and lemon on top. It’s perfect for a cozy, comfort meal for your dinner table. This whole thing eats almost like a casserole – big scoops of steaming, saucy goodness going onto each plate. ith the couscous bringing the chewy bite, the chickpeas giving it some protein, and the canned tomatoes and herbs bringing the happy illusion of sunshine in the middle of winter.
Other Types Of Beans To Use for Pearl Couscous Chickpea Skillet
If not using chickpeas, my next choice would be white beans such as cannellini beans! They are a bit more delicate and might break down more during the simmer. So I would probably advise adding half at the beginning (to mash), and the remaining half of them closer to the end so they hold their shape.
Other Protein Options
If beans aren’t in the cards for you, I think this would be great with vegan meatballs or just tofu as well. To make sure you get them cooked correctly, I’d recommend cooking them separately and then just serving it all together at the end.
FYI For The Leftovers
This makes a relatively small batch (2-3 servings) so you might not have a ton of leftovers! But if you do, just know that the couscous will continue to absorb liquid and so your leftovers will look and feel a bit drier than it did right out of the pan.
It’s best to eat this one fresh. And if you’re reheating leftovers, just make sure to add some additional water or broth to help it get things saucy / creamy again.
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Pearl Couscous and Chickpea Skillet
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 large onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup pearl couscous
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 handful fresh parsley
- lemon juice to serve
- Chop the onion and saute with olive oil for about 5 minutes.
- Add minced garlic and chikpeas together with all the spices. Saute for another 5 minutes.
- Add tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, couscous and water and simmer for 10 minutes until water is absorbed.
- Serve with fresh parsley and a squeze of lemon juice. Enjoy!