- 1 large fennel bulb, sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 lb ground sausage, mild or spicy (you choose!)
- 1 shallot, sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- ½ lb pasta
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan
- Preheat oven to 425 and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Toss fennel with olive oil, salt and pepper and arrange on a baking sheet in one layer. Roast for 25-35 minutes, until fennel is soft and caramelized around the edges, tossing once during baking.
- While fennel is roasting, heat a large skillet over medium. Add sausage and cook, breaking up meat, until almost cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes (if using) and continue cooking, until shallots soften and sausage gets a little crispy in spots.
- Meanwhile, when water comes to boil, add pasta and cook to al dente according to package instructions.
- When pasta is done, reserve about a cup of pasta water, drain noodles and add to pan with sausage (alternatively, you can just transfer pasta to pan with tongs).
- Add fennel to pasta, along with ½ cup of pasta water and parmesan cheese. Toss until everything comes together. Add more pasta water as needed if pasta looks a little dry.
- Serve with more parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil if desired.
I don’t make a ton of pasta, mainly because then I’d literally just eat a TON of pasta. But I’m sure we all agree, it’s the best. The greatest of all time, really.
True dinner GOAT.
I made this dish a while ago, and held off on sharing it because I wanted to reshoot the pictures for a VERY SILLY reason. Basically, I bought the wrong type of pasta and every time I look at these photos I get kinda twitchy.
That’s all to say you can use any pasta here, BUT angel hair or thin spaghetti (aka basically angel hair), because, let’s be honest, there is very little in this world that actually needs angel hair.
Pasta also makes me very dramatic.
Pasta shape aside, this is a super easy dish to make! You’re basically just caramelizing fennel (omg yum), cooking sausage and adding cheese. YES.
Hope you guys try this one out. If you do, hop over to Instagram and let me know!!