Roasted Broccoli & Fregola Sarda with Hard-Boiled Eggs & Tahini Dressing

Roasted Broccoli & Fregola Sarda

with Hard-Boiled Eggs & Tahini Dressing

30 MIN
2 Servings
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This Middle Eastern-inspired recipe is brimming with varied flavors and textures thanks to toasty pearls of fregola sarda pasta, roasted vegetables (seasoned with herby za’atar), and crunchy almonds—all brought together with a smooth, rich tahini-lemon dressing. A garnish of fresh mint leaves provides a delightfully bright, cooling finish.
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Mediterranean Diet
  • Nutrition
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  • Calories
    690 Cals (est.)
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Roasted Broccoli & Fregola Sarda with Hard-Boiled Eggs & Tahini Dressing
Title
  • 2 Pasture-Raised Eggs
  • ⅔ cup Fregola Sarda Pasta
  • 1 lb Broccoli
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • 2 Tbsps Tahini
  • 2 Tbsps Sliced Roasted Almonds
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Za'atar Seasoning (Ground Sumac, Sesame Seeds, Salt, Ground Thyme, Whole Dried Oregano & Crushed Aleppo Pepper)
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Prepare & roast the vegetables:
1 Prepare & roast the vegetables:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Fill a small pot 3/4 of the way up with water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Fill a separate, medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the bottom 1/2 inch of the broccoli stem; cut the broccoli into small florets. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Place the prepared vegetables on a sheet pan. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the za’atar to coat (you may have extra). Toss to thoroughly coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 20 to 22 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Prepare the remaining ingredients:
2 Prepare the remaining ingredients:

Meanwhile, halve the lemon; squeeze the juice into a medium bowl, straining out the seeds. Peel 1 clove of garlic; using a zester, finely grate into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Pick the mint leaves off the stems.

Cook & slice the eggs:
3 Cook & slice the eggs:

Carefully add the eggs to the small pot of boiling water and cook 9 minutes for hard-boiled. Drain and rinse under cold water 30 seconds to 1 minute to stop the cooking process. When cool enough to handle, peel the cooked eggs. Transfer to a cutting board and thinly slice into rounds; season with salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta:
4 Cook the pasta:

Meanwhile, place the pasta in a strainer and thoroughly rinse under water to remove any excess starch. Add to the medium pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

Make the dressing:
5 Make the dressing:

Meanwhile, to the bowl of lemon juice, add the tahini, 2 tablespoons of water,  2 tablespoons of olive oil, and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like. Whisk until smooth. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the roasted vegetables, almonds, cheese, dressing, and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the sliced eggs. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy!

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Prepare & roast the vegetables:
1 Prepare & roast the vegetables:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Fill a small pot 3/4 of the way up with water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Fill a separate, medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the bottom 1/2 inch of the broccoli stem; cut the broccoli into small florets. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Place the prepared vegetables on a sheet pan. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the za’atar to coat (you may have extra). Toss to thoroughly coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 20 to 22 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

2 Prepare the remaining ingredients:

Meanwhile, halve the lemon; squeeze the juice into a medium bowl, straining out the seeds. Peel 1 clove of garlic; using a zester, finely grate into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Pick the mint leaves off the stems.

Prepare the remaining ingredients:
Cook & slice the eggs:
3 Cook & slice the eggs:

Carefully add the eggs to the small pot of boiling water and cook 9 minutes for hard-boiled. Drain and rinse under cold water 30 seconds to 1 minute to stop the cooking process. When cool enough to handle, peel the cooked eggs. Transfer to a cutting board and thinly slice into rounds; season with salt and pepper.

4 Cook the pasta:

Meanwhile, place the pasta in a strainer and thoroughly rinse under water to remove any excess starch. Add to the medium pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

Cook the pasta:
Make the dressing:
5 Make the dressing:

Meanwhile, to the bowl of lemon juice, add the tahini, 2 tablespoons of water,  2 tablespoons of olive oil, and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like. Whisk until smooth. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the roasted vegetables, almonds, cheese, dressing, and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the sliced eggs. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
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