Fregola w/ Roasted Tomatoes, Cucumber, Feta & Olives


What is fregola? you ask.

I once pronounced it FreJOLA and was politely corrected by a waiter from Sardinia. He said nicely "it is FRAY-gola".
Thank you sir. I hate to sound like an idiot.

It is a pasta from Sardinia, and it resembles Israeli couscous. I love it. I bought it here on amazon, but it was from Abruzzo! Still good.

If you can't find this pasta, then by all means, use another small pasta shape. Orzo would be delish too.

Sardinian food seems so beautiful to me.....I dream of going there some day.

This is a delicious summer side dish.....goes well with chicken or fish.

Great leftover the next day for lunch, or in the middle of the night when you come downstairs and want a midnight snack....who me?


Fregola Sarda w/ Roasted Tomatoes and other good stuff:

1/2 lb. Fregola Sarda
1 pint cherry tomatoes
good quality Greek feta
1/2 cup of kalamata olives
1 cucumber, diced
juice of 2 lemons
best quality olive oil
small handful of fresh mint, dill & parsley

On a large sheet pan lined w/ foil, lay out a lot of cherry tomatoes and drizzle w/ olive oil and kosher salt.

Roast at 375F for about 30-35 minutes until bursting.


Meanwhile, cook the fregola.

My pasta took around 12 minutes, but some take longer. You want it al dente for sure.

Add the cooked fregola to a large bowl and mix in the hot roasted cherry tomatoes w/ their beautiful liquid.

Add the rest ingredients. Let come to room temperature.

Just before serving, toss w/ the feta cheese and fresh herbs.


Season w/ sea salt & pepper.

:)

Comments

Mary Reilley said…
This is going to be lunch Thursday, after the farmers' market on Wednesday. It looks and sounds amazing! Thanks!
That looks great, I want!
Anonymous said…
Hi Stacey - you must know that your Instagram pictures are missing. All of your pictures appear to be under someone else’s profile - the profile is stonewormcali.

Hope they fix it for you soon - WBW
Mary Reilley said…
Everyone, report Stonewormcali on Instagram for impersonation!
Stacey Snacks said…
WBW and Mary,

Unfortunately, I woke up to my instagram account being taken over by someone else. Very upsetting, since it is 6 years worth of photos and endorsements.

I am starting a new account staceysnacks1. I hope you will follow, and thank you for letting me know.

:(
SEMSLibraryLady said…
(This is Mary in my "work" email) I reported it to Instagram, and they said it wasn't impersonation! You need to contact them--it's so bizarre to see not only your content but your responses to comments as that other person.

They need to fix this!
Stacey Snacks said…
SEMS I am so frustrated and sad.....i guess I will just start from the beginning!

Oh well, in the scheme of things, this is nothing compared to most people's problems.

Thank you. xoxo
Bebe said…
Stacey, so painful to lose all that. Can you get yourself furious enough to put the sad away long enough to contact Instagram? Sounds as though SEMS has found out a way for you to go. Fingers crossed. Bebe
Anonymous said…
Stacey

This dish looks delicious!! Have always wanted to try Fregola
Still cant believe what happened to your Instagram, should not be allowed to happen but I know your posts will be better than ever!!

Michele S. ox

Mary Reilley said…
Stacey,

Sorry to be going back and forth between accounts (SEMSLibraryLady), but did you see this article about Instagram accounts being hacked? https://mashable.com/2018/08/13/instagram-hack-locked-out-of-account/?europe=true#ldLzvyKGpqqC

(Just google [mashable instagram hack] if you're leery about clicking on links.

I'm not sure how persistent you want to be, but it does seem with some effort you can recover your account. It really is scary how easily Instagram can be hacked, even for those using two factor ID.
Stacey Snacks said…
Mary/SEMS,

I am doing everything I can to get in touch w/ the people (if they are people!!) at instagram.....still just automated messages.....I tweeted them and am still hoping someone there will read that my account was stolen. It happened to many people this week.

Thank you for all your love and support.
xo Stacey