Ground Beef with Couscous, photo by Una PizcaPhoto by Una Pizca

Ground Beef with Couscous

Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
This North African recipe is healthy and easy to make. It’s an excellent side dish for baby meals since it’s easy to cook and super nutritious.

Comfort food lovers, rejoice. Ground Beef with Couscous is a simple, hearty recipe that captures the flavors of Morocco.

Couscous is a traditional North African pasta made of semolina: coarse purified durum wheat grains. It’s worth noting that gastronomes often have heated debates over whether couscous is a grain or a pasta. The truth is it’s a little bit of both, since it’s a pasta made from a grain.

Controversy aside, couscous is an excellent side dish for baby meals since it's nutritious and goes well with everything -- in addition to beef, fish, chicken and vegetables also make for perfect combinations. It’s full of manganese, tryptophan and magnesium.

Ground beef really is the perfect pairing for this delicious alternative to rice or pasta.

Ingredients

  • Couscous
  • 2 cups couscous uncooked
  • 3 cups broths defatted
  • 1 cup carrots cut into small 1/4 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • Ground Beef
  • 1 cup ground beef
  • 1 cup onion chopped into small cubes
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Directions

Couscous
  1. In a saucepan, heat the beef broth and carrots over medium heat, and cook until carrots are soft.
  2. Melt the butter in the broth and add the couscous.
  3. Turn down the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Fluff the grains with a fork.
Ground Beef
  1. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium-high heat until the butter is melted.
  2. Add the onions to the skillet for 3 to 5 minutes. Once the onions are tender, add the ground beef.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and cook until the meat is ready, and has a medium brown color, for approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Serve with the couscous.
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