Creamy Couscous Florentine

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Creamy Couscous Florentine

Creamy Couscous Florentine
Number of Servings: 4 Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: less than 15 minutes Source: MilkPEP
Food Groups: Dairy, Vegetables, Grains
Main Ingredient: Rice, Pasta & Bread
Meal Type: Dinner Entrée
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium, Good Source of Fiber
Origin: Italian
Special Features: Quick to Prepare (under 30 minutes)

This meal is a one-dish wonder, packed with calcium!


1 teaspoon extra virgin olive Oil
3 Garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon red Pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano, crushed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black Pepper
4 cups fat-free Milk
1 box dry Couscous (10-ounces, about 1-1/2 cups)
3 bags (6 ounces each) washed and trimmed baby Spinach leaves (12 cups)
1 tablespoon fresh Lemon juice
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
12 cherry Tomatoes, quartered, for garnish (optional)


1. Combine the olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and oregano in a large, heavy saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, just until the garlic starts to sizzle, about 1 minute. Add the milk and mix well. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. As soon as the milk comes to a boil, immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir in the couscous. Cover tightly and allow to stand for at least 5 minutes before removing lid.

2. Meanwhile, steam or microwave the spinach for 1 minute. Coarsely chop the cooked spinach and place it in a strainer. Using your hands, press all of the liquid out of the spinach and put the drained spinach in a large bowl (at this point, you will have 1-1/2 cups of drained spinach). Add the lemon juice to the spinach, mix well and set aside.

3. Remove the lid from the couscous, stir in the cheese and add the mixture to the spinach. Mix until the spinach is completely incorporated into the other ingredients.

4. To serve, spoon 1-1/2 cups of the mixture into each of 4 pasta bowls. Garnish each serving with 3 quartered cherry tomatoes.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 441
Total Fat: 9 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g
Sodium: 675 mg
Carbohydrates: 68 g
Protein: 27 g
Fiber: 5 g
Vitamin A: 6043 IU
Vitamin C: 37 mg
Calcium: 653 mg
Iron: 8 mg

Cook's Notes:

Omit the added salt to reduce the sodium in this dish.

Nutrition calculated 5/20/13. To serve as a side dish, spoon pasta into 6-8 bowls and top with tomatoes.