Fregola is a toasted wheat pasta that is shaped into little balls. It has a nice chewy heartiness and can be ordered online. It is great in many things including minestrone soup. You can also substitute the pasta with large pearl couscous. It will be slightly less toothy but just a s delicious.
3 shallots per person
1/2 cup of fregola per person
1/2 Tablespoon butter
1 small clove of garlic
A 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat your oven to 350º
Peel and slice the shallots in half lengthwise. If they are larger shallots, slice the halves in half again. Place the shallots on a baking sheet. Drizzle in olive oil and coat the shallots- about 1+1/2 teaspoon per 3 shallots but no need to measure. Sprinkle them with a hefty pinch of kosher salt (about 1/4 teaspoon). Roast the shallots cut side up until they soften and the edges get brown— about 25-30 minutes.
Add the butter and garlic to a medium saucepan. I like to use a garlic press