Cold fregola instead of rice or pasta salad – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

La Cucina Italiana


Cold fregola: which ingredients choose for the preparation of this fresh and tasty dish? That’s the beauty of it! You can really indulge your fantasyexperiment with delicious variations and please everyone, from those who love vegetarian cuisine to those who love fish and shellfish. Yes, because among the main alternatives we find the combination of cold fregola with octopus and seafood.

Fregola, or typically called fregulait’s a dish of Sardinian origin. This is a typical, very ancient pasta, made starting from durum wheat: tradition explains that one of the words capable of telling its origin is the Latin word “ferculum”, that is “crumb”The consistency of fregola, which recalls the famous couscous, actually evokes the “crumb” effect.

Cold fregola is a perfect dish for summer. It will be a delicious alternative to cold pasta and rice salad: a lesser-known ingredient that will give us the opportunity to experiment with new combinations. We propose a very simple version, with lots of vegetables, cubes of ham and cheese. If your pantry is short, know that the basic recipe for many centuries it simply used ripe tomatoesgood extra virgin olive oil and pecorino cheese. Olives, green beans, courgettes, fresh onion and all the vegetables you love most will enrich your cold fregola: don’t forget to add a handful of chopped fresh herbsto add the scent of summer to the dish.

Cold fregola: the recipe

Ingredients

  • 300 g fregola
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes
  • 150 g cooked ham
  • 150 g mixed cheeses
  • 100 g green beans
  • 2 courgettes
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons Taggiasca olives
  • aromatic herbs of your choice to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • pepper as needed

Method

  1. How to prepare cold fregola? First of all, start with the vegetables which need to be cooked, like green beans: blanch them for a few minutes in boiling water. In the meantime, wash and dice the courgettes and yellow pepper.
  2. In a pan, heat a couple of tablespoons of oil, then add the courgettes together with the pepper, onion, Taggiasca olives and cherry tomatoes cut in half. Sauté for a few minutes, adding salt and pepper.
  3. Separately, bring the water to the boil, add salt and let it boil. cook the fregola for about 10 minutes about before draining. Let cool or rinse under cold running water.
  4. Then pour the fregola into the pan together with the vegetables and add a mixture of aromatic herbs: you can use basil, thyme, marjoram.
  5. Finally, add the baked ham in cubes and yours cheese favorite: perfect pairing with pecorino, parmesan or the Greek feta. If you want a vegetarian recipe, simply remove the ham.

Fregula with cod

Fresh cream, celeriac, parmesan and saffron: here is the recipe for fregula with cod.

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