Israeli Couscous Risotto with Shiitakes

Israeli Couscous Risotto with Shiitakes

If you can’t find Israeli couscous (a large, chewy version of regular couscous) this recipe can also be made with orzo pasta.

  • 4Servings


  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 6 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 poblano chile, diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 shallots, minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 carrot, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 8.8-oz. box Israeli couscous
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 Tbs. chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 2 Tbs. chopped tarragon


Bring broth and 2 cups water to a boil in saucepan. Reduce heat to low.

Heat 1 Tbs. oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and poblano, and sauté 5 minutes, or until mushrooms have released their juices. Transfer to plate, and set aside.

Heat remaining 1 Tbs. oil in same pan over medium heat. Add shallots, and sauté 2 minutes, or until soft. Add carrot, and sauté 3 minutes more. Add couscous, and cook 3 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring constantly.

Stir 1/4 cup broth mixture into couscous mixture. Reduce heat to medium low. Add 1/4 cup more liquid, and cook until liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding liquid, cooking and stirring 12 minutes, or until couscous is tender and all liquid has been used, adding more water if necessary to finish cooking. Add peas and reserved mushroom mixture, and cook 2 minutes more, or until peas are heated through. Stir in 3 Tbs. chives and tarragon, and season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with remaining chives.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 358
  • Carbohydrate Content: 63 g
  • Fat Content: 7 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 375 mg
  • Sugar Content: 6 g