Fregola with Charred Onions and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

(adapted from Food and Wine & Jeff Banker)

Fregola is a roughly grated pasta bead from Sardinia with a nutty flavor and chewy texture that is a perfect base for summer salad.

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Instructions

PREPARE THE TOMATOES

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. 
  2. In a bowl, toss the tomatoes with the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tomatoes are 
  4. soft. 
  5. Turn oven down to 350 degrees

PREPARE THE ONIONS

  1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. 
  2. Brush the onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Grill over moderately high heat until nicely charred but still crisp in the center, about 3 
  4. minutes per side.
  5. Transfer the onions to a baking dish. Add the vinegar and the rest of the olive oil and bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, until tender. 
  6. Let the onions cool in the liquid, then coarsely chop them.
  7. Reserve the liquid.

MAKE THE FREGOLA

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fregola and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fregola is al dente, about 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and spread out in a large roasting , or 9x13 pan.
  3. Allow to cool slightly, tossing occasionally to break up the pasta lumps over 5 minutes
  4. While the fregola is still warm, add the onions and their cooking liquid, along with the tomatoes. 
  5. Stir in the vinegar and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 
  6. Garnish with the basil and serve.

MAKE AHEAD

  1. The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 and refrigerated overnight.
  2. Serve at room temperature.