By Jenn Sibiga
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1/4 cup
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1 lb) box Israeli couscous (or any small pasta)
3 cups chicken stock
2 lemons, juiced
1 lemon, zested
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
In a medium saucepan, warm 3 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the couscous and cook until toasted and lightly browned, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Carefully add the stock, and the juice of 1 lemon, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the couscous is tender, but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the couscous.
In a large bowl, toss the cooked couscous with the remaining olive oil, remaining lemon juice, zest, salt, and pepper and let cool.
Once the couscous is room temperature, add the fresh herbs and almonds. Toss to combine and serve.