I used Barefoot Contessa's recipe for Saffron,Zucchini & Herb Couscous but made several changes,I added onion and carrots,cut down on the amount of basil and parsley and omitted the 1/4 teaspoon of cumin(not a fan of cumin). I also used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth(so I omitted the salt).You may need salt if you use homemade broth.I also diced the vegetables,Ina cut hers in a large dice.
1Bring the broth to a boil in a small saucepan, and turn off the heat. Add the pepper and saffron threads and allow to steep for at least 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and melt the butter in a saute pan. Add the zucchini,carrots and onions and cook for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Bring the broth just back to a boil. Place the couscous in a large bowl and add the cooked vegetables. Pour the hot broth over them. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Add the basil and parsley. Toss the couscous and herbs with a fork, and serve warm .