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Couscous with Pine Nuts (Serves 4 to 6)

Copyright 2006, Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten, Clarkson/Potter Publishers, All Rights Reserved


Photo: Quentin Bacon

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
¾ cup chopped shallots (3 to 4 shallots)
3 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1½ cups couscous
½ cup toasted pine nuts (pignolis)
¼ cup dried currants
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the shallots and cook them over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, until translucent. Add the chicken stock, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat. Stir in the couscous, cover the pan, and set aside for 10 minutes. Add the pine nuts, currants, and parsley and fluff with a fork to combine. Serve hot.