A simple, healthy couscous side dish that is so creamy and indulgent but has no heavy cream or butter in it! This is healthy comfort food! Vegetarian.
Earlier this week I made a double batch of my favorite creamy garlic parmesan cauliflower sauce to go with the pizza we were having. We love dipping the crust into sauce but we don’t eat store-bought ranch, or blue cheese. We wanted something a little bit creamier than marinara so I whipped up a double batch of creamy cauliflower sauce so I could use it for this pearl couscous recipe too.
If you haven’t tried creamy garlic parmesan cauliflower sauce yet– you’re missing out!
It resembles an alfredo sauce without having all the heavy cream, butter and calories. We use it as a substitute for all kinds of different recipes but this cauliflower pearl couscous is one of our favorite easy recipes.
Just look at that sauce– it’s so creamy and it’s all cauliflower! This is healthy comfort food all the way! ???
Pearl couscous is easy to prepare and only takes about 10 minutes. I make it quite often to serve as a side dish. A recipe I make a lot is balsamic mushroom pearl couscous. I love mushrooms and goat cheese, so I really load it up!
If you already have the cauliflower sauce prepared as I did, then you just add it to the pan that you cooked the spinach in and it’s ready to go in less than 10 minutes. Cook the spinach and heat the cauliflower sauce while the pearl couscous is cooking and you’ll have a delicious side dish ready in no time!
The cauliflower sauce has so much flavor in it– garlic, onions, parmesan cheese, and a little unsweetened coconut milk to make it extra creamy. The consistency reminds me of risotto without having to do all the stirring. Score!
Nobody will even be able to tell that the sauce is mainly blended cauliflower —> it’s that good. The kids will love it too and it’s an easy way to get them to eat a really healthy vegetable.
I squeezed the juice from half a lemon over the top after I mixed everything together, and a little extra parmesan cheese. I love the tang and brightness lemon juice gives to the sauce. Oh, and a little fresh parsley if you have it!
If you don’t have pearl couscous, this sauce would be delicious with any type of pasta, rice, barley, quinoa or wheat berries.
Creamy Cauliflower Spinach Pearl Couscous
- Prepare the garlic parmesan cauliflower sauce.
- Cook frozen spinach in a large pan over medium-low heat. Once fully defrosted, add the cauliflower sauce, garlic powder, & mix together. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- As soon as you put the spinach in the pan, start cooking the pearl couscous according to package directions in a separate pan.
- When the couscous is done, season with salt and pepper and add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Pour couscous into the large pan that has the cauliflower sauce in it. Stir until everything is evenly coated with sauce. Remove from heat, add chopped parsley, and lemon juice. Stir.
Get the recipe for garlic parmesan cauliflower sauce here.
Have you tried pearl couscous before? What’s your favorite way to serve it? Let me know in the comments!