Recipe by TeamBeatse
"We took a cooking class and this is the recipe that we learned. We LOVE it! The fennel gives the flavor palette a unique twist. We combine it with Allrecipes' Grilled Sausage with Pepperonatta for a family-style feast!"
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extra-virgin olive oil
1 (16 ounce) package
roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
Wow :) Thank you for this recipe. This is my first review here - I absolutely had to do it. Made as written, except I had only half the pine nuts called for. Oh well - this met all expectations and preferences. It's a healthy, rich, vegetable-based pasta dish and the ingredients included as written play well together without any flavor disappearing during the cook time. And thank you for helping me like fennel! I want to, and fennel cooked this way, a little caramelized with onion, makes a rich dish that would be great as a side or main dish. When I smelled it after adding the wine I was sure it would be great. I thought about adding garlic, meat, red pepper flakes, or butter and anything like that would either overpower the more delicate flavors here and/or make it much less friendly to a middle aged woman's waistline. One notable item - added salt is unnecessary because the fennel essence, lemon juice, tomato, wine, and Parmesan satisfy most all but the most salt-addicted palate.
The only thing I did different was add the parmesan cheese into the sauce at the same time as the pine nuts and lemon juice. Neither hubby nor I love fennel, but we regularly get it in the CSA box and keep trying different recipes. This is the best recipe we've tried yet. We both enjoyed this and will make it again. By the way, I used the full 1/2 C of oil and didn't find it to be too oily. Oh, and I guess I did make one other tiny change: using canola instead of olive oil. Olive oil doesn't like to be cooked; better to use a high heat oil on the stove.
I cut the oil in this recipe in half because I'm watching my calories and this dish was still really greasy. If I make it again, I will try halving the olive oil again to bring it down to 2 tbsp. I liked the flavors, but my daughter and my husband thought it was just so so.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Pasta with Fennel and Onions
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 182
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