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A.K.A

Sardinian couscous; Fregola sarda

What is it?

Fregola is a type of pasta that’s made by rubbing semolina and water into tiny pearls and then toasting them. Fregola is similar to Israeli couscous, but it’s slightly larger. In Italy, it’s often added to brothy stews or cooked as baked pasta. Simply cooked and toasted with butter and herbs it makes nice side dish for rich braises, roasted meats and poultry, or anything with a pan sauce that can mingle with the pasta. You can find fregola at many specialty stores or order it online.

Don’t have it?

Try Israeli couscous or acini di pepe, toasted well before adding liquid.

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Israeli couscous, acini di pepe

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