Fregola (Sardinian pasta)
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- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 large plum tomatoes, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup fregola
- 2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the garlic and cook over moderately high heat until fragrant – this should take about 30 seconds.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until softened – about 3 minutes.
Add the water and bring to the boil. Stir in the fregola, cover and cook over a fairly low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about – 17 minutes.
Add the clams to the frying pan in a single layer. Cover and cook over moderately high heat until the clams open – about 4 minutes. Discard any clams that do not open.
Season the fregola with salt and pepper. Spoon the fregola, clams and broth into shallow bowls.Sprinkle with the coarsely chopped parsley.