Fregola in Tomato Sauce


Fregola is a rolled pasta from Sardinia that has more than a few similarities with Israeli-style couscous. The small size and shape of this nutty pasta make it a great addition to soups and sides. Try this recipe served alongside any chicken dish.

6 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup medium-diced peeled carrot

1 cup medium-diced yellow onion

1 cup medium-diced peeled turnip

1 cup medium-diced

peeled rutabaga

3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

3 sprigs fresh thyme

3 bay leaves, preferably fresh

Kosher salt

1 (12-ounce) can San Marzano crushed tomatoes

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup fregola

1 cup thinly sliced kale

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, onion, turnip, rutabaga, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves along with a large pinch of salt. Cook the vegetables and aromatics until slightly tender,