Pearl Couscous with Mushrooms & Spinach

Cold winter temperatures have arrived and this dish is a perfect comfort food for these chilly nights.  In this recipe by Supper with Michelle, you will want to caramelize or brown the mushrooms instead of a simple saute, the enhanced taste is worth a little extra attention.  You should be able to find pearl (or Israeli) couscous readily available at the grocery store.  Brown rice or any whole grain would be a great substitute if you can't find the couscous.

Pearl Couscous with Mushrooms and Spinach

Pearl Couscous with Mushrooms & Spinach

By Supper with Michele from Food52

8 ounces cremini mushrooms or a mushroom of your choice, sliced 1/2-inch thick

2 cups Israeli or pearl couscous

1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 c fresh chopped spinach

2 T plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

3 T unsalted butter

2 to 3 T olive vegetable oil (or just enough to coat your skillet)

 Salt and ground pepper to taste

Prepare couscous according to package instructions and set aside.

Heat oil in a medium sized heavy bottom skillet (preferably cast iron).  Add mushrooms in a single layer (you may have to do this in two batches).  Cook 2 minutes until browned and then flip and cook for 2 minutes on the second side.  Remove from pan.  In the same skillet, melt 1 T butter and add onions sauteing them until they are golden brown, about 15 minutes.  Melt 2 additional tablespoons of butter and add garlic and spinach.  Gently stir in couscous, then stir in the mushrooms and yogurt.