California Central Coast Recipes

Fregola- A Toasted Couscous

Fragola is a form of Couscous from Sardinia. Like couscous it is made of semolina flour, but after it is formed, fragola is toasted. The cooking method is similar to risotto but it's more of a “lazy man’s risotto.” Whereas with risotto you have to ladle the broth in gradually as you stir continually, with fregola, you add the broth all at once and stir frequently for about fifteen minutes.

It has such flavor and soul! Very intense,–it’s definitely NOT a boring pasta! You can serve it as a pasta on the side, or offer it as a base to serve fish, meat or vegetables. See my Article A New Find: Fregola. ©2017, Fregola- A Toasted Couscous
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
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4 Cups reduced-sodium chicken broth If you like the fregola with a more dry texture, reduce the amount of chicken broth a little.
1 Medium-large Shallot , peeled and minced
2 Tablespoons Extra-virgin Olive oil
8 ounces fregola ,Measure by weight, not volume
1/2 Cup Dry white wine
Salt to taste
Several grinds freshly cracked black pepper

Preparation Directions.

1 Heat the chicken broth to almost boiling in a saucepan.

2 Heat the olive oil in a separate large saucepan or stockpot over medium-low heat.

3 Add the chopped shallot and cook two to three minutes until softened and light golden.

4 Add the fregola to the saucepan containing the shallot and stir well to toast the fregola grains two to three minutes.

5 Add the wine and stir well until the wine is almost completely absorbed.

6 Add all of the hot chicken broth, stir well and when it starts to boil, reduce heat, partially cover and simmer on low fifteen to twenty minutes. Make sure that the broth-fregola mixture maintains a simmer. Stir frequently.

7 When almost all the broth is absorbed, give some quick strong stirring strokes to the fregola to help the fregola become more creamy.

8 Taste the fregola, add salt and several grinds of cracked black pepper and stir well.

9 Remove fregola from the heat, completely cover and let rest a few minutes before serving.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Fregola can be used as a side dish, or as an entree bed. Think of it in the same food category as rice.

A tip from Sue!

Make your salt and pepper your "right -hand" aid

An easy tool to have handy at all times in your kitchen is your customized combined salt and pepper shaker. Buy a clear plastic shaker with a handle on it. Make yourself a "customized salt and pepper combo or "house blend." Ours is three parts ground pepper to one part salt. Having one of these handy really cuts the prep time down when doing breading and preliminary cooking!