Let's Make Israeli Couscous Macaroni and Cheese! | IFCJ
Skip Navigation

Let’s Make Israeli Couscous Macaroni and Cheese!

(Photo: flickr/artizone)

Today is the last day of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday also known as Pentecost. For this holiday, Jews traditionally eat dairy foods, such as cheesecake or cheese blintzes. But there are so many other recipes to try, like The Nosher’s delicious Israeli couscous macaroni and cheese recipe!

Find out more about Shavuot and why Jews customarily eat dairy foods here.


2 1/2 cups uncooked Israeli couscous (also called Middle Eastern couscous, or pearl couscous)

4 Tbs unsalted butter

1 cup whole milk or half & half

8 oz 4% cottage cheese (around 1 cup)

1 1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese

4 oz crumbled feta cheese

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

For the topping:

1/3 cup unseasoned bread crumbs

1 Tbs unsalted butter, melted

1/4 tsp paprika

pinch salt


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add 1 tsp olive oil.

Cook couscous 5 minutes. Drain in a large mesh sieve.

While couscous is cooking, combine 4 Tbs butter and all the cheeses, milk, salt and pepper in large bowl.

Grease an 8×8 or 9×9 inch square pan.

Drain couscous and add to bowl with cheeses. Mix well.

Add to couscous mixture to greased pan. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.

In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, 1 Tbs melted butter, paprika and pinch of salt.

Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top over couscous.

Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before cutting and serving.

Tags: Recipes

Previous Post

Next Post

Find Us on TV - hysu

Find Us on TV

Watch our programs online or search TV listings in your area

Watch Now
Landscape photo of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the foreground.

Visit Israel

Here you’ll find an array of useful information on accommodations, transportation, exchanging currency, Israel's climate and customs, and much more. So get the most out of your trip to Israel with the help of The Fellowship.

Read More

About The Fellowship (IFCJ)

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) funds humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and advocacy on behalf of the Jewish state, and provides resources that help build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.

Read More