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Carrot Pine Nut Cous Cous with Figs

Cous cous with pine nuts is a simple side dish perfect with grilled chicken or a hearty stew. Our pine nut cous cous adds carrots and figs for extra flavor.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: cous cous with pine nuts, pine nut cous cous
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 404kcal


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium carrots grated
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1 cup chopped Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs about 6 ounces
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  • Heat butter in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When foaming subsides, add the grated carrots and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon; cook, stirring frequently, until carrots soften, about 2 minutes.
  • Add couscous and figs and cook, stirring frequently, until grains are just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add water, broth, and salt and pepper; stir briefly to combine, cover, and remove pan from heat. Let stand until grains are tender, about 7 minutes.
  • Uncover and fluff grains with fork. Stir the toasted pine nuts, fresh parsley leaves, orange zest, and orange juice into couscous before serving.


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3750IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.9mg