Israeli Couscous with AsparagusPosted: Updated:
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 large garlic cloves, minced, divided
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1 1/3 cups Israeli couscous (6 to 7 ounces)
1 3/4 cups (or more) vegetable broth
14 ounces slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut diagonally into 3/4-inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
TIP - To trim asparagus, hold onto the top of the stalk with one hand and bend the bottom of the stalk with your other hand. The stalk will snap, separating the woody end from the tender
Whisk 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, and lemon peel in small bowl; set dressing aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat.
Add couscous, sprinkle with salt, and sauté until most of couscous is golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Add 13/4 cups broth, increase heat, and bring to boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 10 minutes, adding more broth by tablespoonfuls if too dry.
Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over high heat.
Add asparagus and remaining garlic clove.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper; sauté until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
Transfer vegetables to large bowl.
Add couscous to bowl with asparagus .
Drizzle dressing over.
Add chives and cheese; toss.
Season with salt and pepper.