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  • Baked Fregola with Pecorino

    This recipe is the essence of Sardinia: Fregola and two types of pecorino combine in a rich, satisfying dish that warms you up on a cold winter day. This dish is perfect as a light meal or as the opening of a more elaborate meal that includes simple roasted meats and vegetables. Pair this dish with a full-bodied white, such as Argiolas Is Argiolas.

    • 1 quart (948 mL) Vegetable Stock (see recipe in the Mini Meatballs see recipe)
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • ½ small onion, finely chopped (about ½ cup [75 g])
    • 1⅓ cups (253 g) large fregola*
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more, to taste
    • 1½ cups (150 g) freshly grated young pecorino, for sprinkling
    • ¾ cup (75 g) freshly grated aged pecorino (such as Academia Barilla Pecorino Gran Cru), for sprinkling

    1.Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

    2.In a small (3- to 4-quart [2.8- to 3.8-L]) stockpot, warm the Vegetable Stock over medium-low heat.

    3.In a Dutch oven, warm the oil. Add the onion and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until it softens and becomes translucent.

    4.Add the fregola, stir well, and cook for 1 minute.

    5.Add the Vegetable Stock and ½ teaspoon salt to the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until the fregola is al dente.

    6.Distribute half of the young pecorino on the bottom of a 9 × 9-inch (22.5 × 22.5-cm) baking dish.

    7.Pour the fregola and its cooking liquid over the pecorino. Sprinkle on the remaining young and the aged pecorino. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

    8.Bake for at least 15 minutes, until the top is brown and the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven.

    9.Serve hot in the baking dish.

    *Fregola is available at Italian groceries, culinary stores, and online from Gourmet Sardinia and Buon Gusto (see Sources for contact information).

    – PRIMI –

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