Michel Roux Jr's Fregola & Tiger Prawn Risotto
This risotto is made with fregola rather than Arborio rice. A speciality of Sardinia, fregola is a type of small pasta made by rolling semolina and water into tiny balls and toasting in the oven. In appearance, it resembles oversized couscous but has a denser texture. Easy to prepare (it cooks in about 12-15 minutes), it is an ideal substitute for Arborio rice (and easier to cook with); fregola’s chewy texture also works well in salads, soups and stews. If you can’t find nduja, readily available in paste form in several supermarkets and delis, use chorizo instead.