"Chewy Italian couscous, also called freula, is a Sardinian-style toasted semolina pasta. It comes in small, medium, and large grains and is available at specialty food stores. Any small pasta, such as ditalini, orzo, or acini de pepe, makes a good alternative to medium-grain freula."
This recipe is courtesy of Food & Wine.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the Italian couscous, and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until tender but still chewy, about 20 minutes. Drain well and return the Italian couscous to the pot. Add the butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano, and stir over low heat until melted. Add the parsley, season with salt and pepper, and serve.