Company Couscous

1 cup couscous
1 cup boiling water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
4 green onions, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 dash balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Stir couscous into boiling water and return water to a boil. Cover and remove pot from heat. Let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

While the couscous is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic, green onions and peppers; sauté briefly. Stir in tomatoes, basil, cooked couscous, salt and pepper. Mix together and transfer to a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Splash some balsamic vinegar on top. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese while still warm.

Makes 4 servings.

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