Bob’s Red Mill is proud to introduce pearl couscous, also known as Israeli couscous, to our line of entrée items. Pearl couscous is made from toasted wheat flour that has been rolled into small pearls. This type of couscous is much larger than Moroccan couscous and is similar in taste and texture to pasta. Contrary to popular belief, couscous is considered to be pasta not grain.
Our new pearl couscous comes in three varieties—natural (unflavored), whole wheat and tricolor. The tricolor is made using spinach powder and tomato powder to produce lovely green and red hues that are mixed with the natural pearl couscous. The color is really the only difference between the tricolor and the natural. There is no flavor or nutritional difference. Whole wheat has the nutty, full-bodied flavor you expect from whole wheat pasta. All three cook in less than 20 minutes and make a great addition to soups, salads and pilafs.
There are so many wonderful ways to dress up these special pastas! You can add a simple pesto or marinara sauce for a quick dish or take a culinary adventure and use a recipe with Indian or Middle Eastern flavors. We have a few recipes on our website, but a quick search on the internet delivers myriad ways to use this simple ingredient. If you have a favorite recipe, we’d love if you would share it with us. Simply visit our site and select “Contact Us” to submit your recipe.
How to win:
All you need to do to enter is post a link to a recipe using pearl (Israeli) couscous that appeals to you in the comment section and tell us what makes it sounds delicious. For example (and you can’t use this one!):
Here is a link to a recipe using pearl couscous to make a pesto salad. This sounds good to me because I LOVE pesto and it looks quick and easy. http://www.bobsredmill.com/recipes_detail.php?rid=1883
I will select five winners randomly from all those who comment by midnight on 05/06/11. Winners will be announced by 05/12/11.