Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sausage and Fennel Penne



I love the combination of Italian sausage and fennel for a pasta sauce; it's rich, hearty and the fennel gives it a bit of texture and a good punch of flavor. I'm pretty I was first introduced to using fennel in pasta by Rachael Ray (one of her bazillion pasta episodes, but no complaints here!).

I like fennel a lot (I prefer it cooked more than raw), but it has a slight licorice taste, so some may not be as enthralled (but, try it before writing it off as nature's deranged version of Good & Plenty). I thought this pasta dish would make a tasty workweek supper that I could submit to Presto Pasta Nights! I missed last week's roundup, so was determined to make it this time around. This week, it's hosted by Ruth of Once Upon A Feast.

Best of all, I made enough sauce for lunch tomorrow and another dinner later this week. And with just half a pound of sausage!

7 comments:

Ruth Daniels said...

I love fennel too, in fact I often use it to replace celery in tuna or chicken salad. Today I went grocery shopping and actually left the teeny weeny fennel bulb at the counter. It was the size of a lemon and cost $2.89!

But I will be making your dish soon. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Mary said...

This sounds wonderful and it certainly is beautiful to look at.

Leslie said...

I think fennel is one of those things where people either love or hate it. Also cilantro.

Marie said...

Ruth: Don't know why, but never thought about the many possibilities for substituting celery with fennel! I'd love to try a chicken salad sandwich with fennel.

Mary: Thanks for your nice words, your dessert tagliatelle sounds quite intriguing and lovely!

Leslie: True and a lot of people have never had fresh fennel.

K and S said...

mmm how I miss Italian sausage!! looks really nice!

Marie said...

Hi Kat! Despite Japan's love affair with Italian food, I guess Italian sausage is difficult to find?

K and S said...

yes, maybe I don't know what they call it here, though I have seen sausages with lemon and herbs in them.