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Qarta with Sausage and Peppers Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound of Qarta (also known as couscous)
- 4 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 pound of Italian sausage, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley for garnish

Special equipment needed:
- Large pot
- Large skillet

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
2. Add 1 pound of Qarta to the pot and stir. Cover and let it cook for 10-12 minutes or until the Qarta is tender.
3. In a large skillet, cook 1 pound of sliced Italian sausage over medium-high heat until browned. Remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside.
4. In the same skillet, add 1 sliced red bell pepper, 1 sliced yellow bell pepper, 1 sliced onion, and 2 minced garlic cloves. Cook until the vegetables are tender.
5. Add 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
6. Add the cooked sausage to the skillet and stir to combine.
7. Fluff the cooked Qarta with a fork and add it to the skillet. Stir to combine all ingredients.
8. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Medium-high heat
Serving size:
4-6 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 450
Fat: 20g
Carbohydrates: 45g
Protein: 22g
Sodium: 1200mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Qarta can be substituted with couscous or rice.
- Italian sausage can be substituted with any type of sausage.
- Red and yellow bell peppers can be substituted with any color bell peppers.
- Paprika can be substituted with chili powder.

- Add chopped tomatoes to the skillet for a tomato-based Qarta with sausage and peppers.
- Use ground sausage instead of sliced sausage.
- Add chopped spinach or kale to the skillet for a healthier version.

Tips and tricks:
- Fluff the Qarta with a fork to prevent clumping.
- Use a non-stick skillet to prevent sticking.
- Add more spices to taste.

Storage instructions:
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve on a large platter with fresh parsley garnish.

Fresh parsley

- Serve with a side salad for a complete meal.
- Pair with a glass of red wine.

Suggested side dishes:
- Side salad
- Roasted vegetables
- Garlic bread

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the Qarta is too dry, add a splash of water or chicken broth.
- If the sausage is not cooked through, cook for a few more minutes.

Food safety advice:
- Cook sausage to an internal temperature of 160°F to prevent foodborne illness.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking.

Food history:
Qarta is a traditional North African dish made from semolina flour. It is typically served with meat or vegetables.

Flavor profiles:
Savory, slightly spicy, and hearty.

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot as a main dish.

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Taste: Savory, Tangy, Spicy, Meaty, Herbal