If I were to do this dish again, I would just top the risotto with the goat cheese. When the cheese melts into the risotto it makes the risotto all mass together and kind of clump when you serve it. It also makes the whole dish a different flavor and texture. It gave me a stomach ache. I would not make this again. The only part I did like were the mushrooms.
Risotto-Style Fregula with Mushrooms, Abbamele, and Goat Cheese (Fregula kin Antunna e Crapinu)
MichelleS Posted: 08/27/09
Drosera Posted: 03/21/09
This was excellent - definately a side dish. I used a combo of oyster, shitake and enoki mushrooms. I also subbed Israeli cous cous for the fregula and used regular fireweed honey instead of the abbamele. Also, I used chopped pistachios instead of the walnuts.
jwjones Posted: 03/29/09
An excellent recipe. I do agree that this is best as a side dish unless some protein is added. I used fregola and shiitake mushrooms, but omitted the honey. To me, it was perfect without it. My neighbor and I have a Cooking Light dinner each month using recipes from that month's issue. For the main course, we paired this with the Roasted Tilapia with Orange Salsa and Zucchini with Peppermint.
Capellla Posted: 03/08/09
My roommate made this the for dinner the other night. I LOVED it. I agree that it is probably best as a side dish unless you plan to add protein the the recipe. Don't skip the honey and nut topping, that brings the whole dish together!
Kate09 Posted: 04/05/10
I loved this! I used israeli couscous. I also used regular honey, but not as much as the recipe called for. Definitely add the walnuts and goat cheese
elishapisha Posted: 04/08/09
This was delicious! I forgot the walnuts, but it was still fabulous. As the other reviewers have noted, the lack of protein does prevent it from being a good meal on its own. I think it would probably go really well with some roasted chicken and will try that pairing next time. I used cremini and oyster mushrooms, but might try some more exotic ones next time, like hen-of-the-woods or morels.
wendylg Posted: 02/26/09
I made this as the main for dinner the other night with a nice salad and garlic bread. It was very good, though I think unless I was serving a vegeterian, I would prefer this as a side dish.