Risotto of pearl couscous with tomato, pepper and Mozzarella

Risotto of pearl couscous with tomato, pepper and Mozzarella

Pearl couscous, also known as ‘Israeli couscous,’ is a unique pasta variant distinguished by its round-shaped grains, resembling small pearls. This type of couscous is made from hard wheat or semolina and is renowned for its versatility in the kitchen. Pearl couscous absorbs flavors well and possesses a light, delicate texture. With its short cooking time and the ability to be served both warm and cold, pearl couscous makes for a perfect base for salads, side dishes, and main courses. Discover how this distinctive couscous variety can enrich your dishes with its subtle taste and pleasing texture.

Risotto of pearl couscous with tomato, pepper and Mozzarella
Risotto van parelcouscous met tomaat, paprika en Mozzarella
A delicious twist on the classic risotto is this pearl couscous risotto.
5 van 1 stem
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side dish, Pasta and Cereals
Cuisine Own recipe
Servings 4 persons
Calories 373 kcal


  • deep frying pan
  • mixer / blender


  • 250 gr pearl couscous
  • 20 gr butter
  • 20 gr Parmesan cheese
  • 10 sage leaves
  • 1 ball Mozzarella
  • salt and pepper

to prepare the sauce:

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ onion
  • 2 tbl spoon tomato paste
  • 2 tbl spoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Cut the tomato, pepper and onion into pieces. Grate the garlic clove. Put 2 tbsp olive oil in a deep pan and stew the vegetables for 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Mix them into a smooth sauce with a mixer or blender. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Rinse the pearl couscous briefly with water. Put it in the pan with the sauce together with the chopped sage leaves. Let this simmer on a low heat until the pasta is done. Stir regularly. Stir in the butter and cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Drain the Mozzarella. Tear it into pieces and place them on top of the pearl couscous risotto.


Are you also a risotto lover?
Discover a delicious twist on the classic risotto with my delicious pearl couscous risotto, enriched with the flavors of juicy tomatoes, peppers and creamy mozzarella. This tasty and easy-to-prepare pearl couscous risotto brings the best of both worlds together, making every bite a feast for the taste buds.
The pearl couscous, with its round shape and absorbent capacity, perfectly absorbs the flavors of the tomato and pepper, while the creamy mozzarella adds a delicious finish to this dish. The result is a smooth, rich risotto-like creation with a Mediterranean twist.
My simple and step-by-step recipes will guide you in preparing this tasty pearl couscous risotto. Whether you’re a culinary newcomer or an experienced chef, this dish is sure to impress you or your guests.
Try this tasty combination of pearl couscous, tomato, pepper and mozzarella for yourself. I think it is a satisfying meal with a Mediterranean twist.


Calories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 11gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 269mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1353IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1mg
Keyword one pot recipe, pasta recipe, risotto, risotto recipe, pasta dish, pearl couscous, israeli couscous, pear couscous risotto
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I am Patricia, energetic 40'er, architect, business manager and food blogger. Living in Andalusia but from Flanders - Belgium. Mother of 2 active and creative kids who, together with my husband Geert, form the tasting team of the first order!
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