For a tasty lunch or a lovely dinner, pasta with sour cream and mushrooms can be a true delight. But if you are tired of this traditional go-to recipe, we bring you today a delicious dish with couscous and porcini mushrooms. A traditional recipe with a twist, to add flavor and lightness. Ideal for the whole family, young and old.

The recipe is so easy to prepare and it will satisfy even the most demanding ones. Not to mention that it is a healthy and balanced meal. The earthy taste of the porcini mixed with the light creamy texture of the sour cream and the mild flavor of the couscous will surprise you. Gather the ingredients and get ready to prepare a meal for 4 in just under 15 minutes!

Here is how to prepare the Couscous with Porcini Mushrooms:

Recipe by Sara Bonaccorsi



For the couscous:

  • 200 ml of water
  • 5 grams of salt
  • 200 grams of Martino Couscous
  • Olive oil as needed

For the mushroom sauce:

  • One garlic clove
  • 300 grams of porcini
  • Chopped parsley
  • 100 ml of sour cream
  • Parmigiano Reggiano as needed
  • Extra virgin olive oil


Hydrate the couscous

In a non-stick pan pour 200 ml of water, add 5 grams of salt and bring everything to a simmer. When simmering turn off the heat and pour 200 grams of Martino Couscous.

Make sure to cover with the pan with a lid and let it sit for 4-5 minutes until the couscous has absorbed all the water and has become fluffy.

When ready, season with extra virgin olive oil and fluff the couscous with the help of a fork. This will remove any lumps and separate the delicate grains without crushing them to give the couscous a light texture.

Prepare the Porcini sauce

In a non-stick pan pour extra virgin olive oil, add one garlic clove inside and let the oil heat and absorb the aroma of the fresh garlic. Remember, the longer you cook the garlic, the less it will taste and smell and the more creamy and subtle its flavor becomes. So make sure to cook it just enough.

Next, add 300 grams of porcini mushrooms a pinch of salt and chopped parsley. Saute the mushrooms until they soften (cook for about 4-5 minutes, until they get tender).

When ready pour 100 ml of sour cream and let it cook together with the mushrooms until it becomes creamy and the sauce is ready. Pour the sauce in a bowl and set aside.

Baking the couscous with porcini

Use a porcelain baking pan with a lid. With the help of a spoon add one layer of couscous in the baking pan followed by one layer of porcini and sour cream sauce. Repeat until the pan is filled. Sprinkle on top with as much Parmigiano Reggiano as you enjoy. When finished close the lid and place in the oven. Grill for 5 minutes at 200°C.


Your delicious couscous will mushroom is ready to be served. If you have individual baking pans you can serve it directly with the pan. This way all the juices of the mushrooms, the cream, and the melted cheese will stay in the portion. What a delish! You can serve this dish for lunch and for dinner – and it is a great substitute and a healthier choice to mac and cheese.

The couscous with porcini goes perfectly well with white wine.

Next time you need a quick meal for the whole family this couscous recipe with sour cream and porcini will come handy to you. Use your favorite cheeses and get ready for a melt in the mouth dish. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to receive all the delicious Martino’s recipes directly in your inbox!

Everybody knows that the Porcini mushrooms are one of the most favorite ingredients of Italian chefs. They are right. The porcini are simply amazing. Combined with the cream, the couscous, and the melted cheese the mushrooms will elevate not only your taste buds but the whole mood. Try it out and don’t forget to leave a comment to tell us all about it.

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