Pearl couscous -- also called Israeli couscous -- is good nutrition with a slightly sad twist. Each 1 cup serving is fat and cholesterol free, low in sodium and includes significant amounts of vitamin C, potassium, protein and fiber. The sad twist, however, lies in the 650 calories each 1 cup serving also contains. Because of this, you need to be careful when cooking pearl couscous, choosing ingredients that increase its flavor rather than its calorie count.
Bring 4 cups of liquid for every 2 cups of pearl couscous to a full boil over medium-high heat in a saucepan on your stove. You can use plain water, low sodium chicken broth, wine or a combination of liquids.
Stir in the couscous and then reduce the burner heat to medium.
Simmer the pearl couscous in the uncovered saucepan, just below boiling point for 5 to 10 minutes, until it absorbs the liquid and is firm but tender. Stir the couscous once every minute as it cooks.
Transfer the cooked couscous to a serving bowl, and season it with black pepper before serving.