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Fregola sarda tabouleh with roasted vegetables

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Pasta gems from Sardinia

I combined two recent discoveries: Fregola Sarda, a roasted rustic pasta from Sardinia and roasted cucumbers to make a roasted vegetable tabouleh. I stuffed the dish with roasted garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes and then added some zip with fresh mint, parsley, lemon zest and feta cheese. This hearty pasta is suitable as a main course or a side.

 

You can take a short cut to make this a quick and easy recipe by purchasing roasted garlic cloves and roasted tomatoes. Alternatively you can roast your own tomatoes and garlic and store them in the fridge for various uses.

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Umami rich

This salad gets its satisfying quality from layers of umami-rich ingredients:  roasted tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, walnuts and feta cheese.

Fregola sarda tabouleh with roasted vegetables

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I love discovering a new food, especially when it has a great name that sounds like an Italian movie star. Fregola Sarda, is my latest find. These hand-crafted, toasted, nutty pearls of a pasta are incredibly versatile. I use them in this recipe to make a toasted and roasted tabouleh.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1.5 cups fregola sarda
  • 4-5 Persian cucumbers, whole
  • 6-8 large radishes, trimmed and halved
  • 1.5 T lemon juice
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 4.5 T olive oil plus a little more
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup oven-roasted or sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bring chicken stock to a boil and stir in fregola sarda. Cook about 15 minutes, until al dente. Drain and put in a large bowl.
  2. Toss radish halves and whole cucumbers in a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, turning after 10 minutes. Vegetables should begin to brown but still be firm. Remove from oven and let cool. Slice cucumbers and quarter the radishes. Reserve.
  3. Put the lemon juice and lemon zest in a small bowl and slowly whisk in the olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss pasta with dressing.
  4. Add roasted cucumbers, radishes, garlic, tomatoes, parsley, mint, walnuts, and feta to the pasta and toss again.

 

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