Fregola con arselle
Toasted semolina pasta makes a fine base for clams and garlic

Fregula con arselle | Fregola with clams

Fregola or Fregula con arselle indicates a Sardinian pasta type with small clams called arselle.

The pasta is unique to Sardinia and probably has its origins in northern Africa. Semolina flour is rolled with a bit of water into small balls and toasted. It’s an ideal pasta for seafood.

The dish can be served with a lot of liquid, or the liquid almost like a soup, or the liquid may be absorbed by the fregola so that the dish appears almost dry, like the example shown above, from Cagliari, Sardinia.

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Italian Name: Fregola or fregula con arselle
English Name: Semolina balls with small clams
Course: Primo Piatto
Where you're most likely to find it: Sardinia