Fennel and Sausage Pasta

If you are looking for a pasta sauce that is a bit different this delicious Fennel and Sausage Pasta might just fit the bill.

My sister-in-law served this one evening and it was so delicious I took the first opportunity to try to recreate it. I am not sure it is exactly like hers was but it sure is tasty!

The fennel bulb adds an interesting lightness with a hint of sweetness. You can use your favourite Italian sausage – mild or hot to suit your taste. I happened to see some mild ones that actually had fennel seeds in them that I thought would go nicely… and they did!

My sister-in-law used a spicy sausage which was also delicious. If you end up with a mild sausage you can always serve red pepper flakes on the side so people can adjust to their own taste.

Chef’s Tips for Fennel and Sausage Pasta

  • use Italian sausage flavour of your choice. Remove sausage meat from casing and discard casing. Break up the sausage meat so it is uniformly crumbly to attain the right texture. You can vary the intensity to be mild or spicy to suit your taste.
  • you can use a homemade pasta sauce if desired but the commercial ones are tasty and make this an easy recipe to pull together.
  • adding the cream softens the sauce a bit which complements the fennel flavour

This recipe makes a generous amount so it serves a crowd or gives you leftovers. It reheats nicely so enjoy if you have leftovers.

Wine Pairing for Fennel & Sausage Pasta

This is a fairly robust dish depending on how spicy the sausage you use is. I would honour the Italian heritage of this dish and choose a Chianti, a Ripasso or even a Primitivo.

Check out Cantine due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2018    VINTAGES#:  536532 $17.95 Puglia, Italy which is described as silky with dried plum and spice and gorgeous. May 16, 2020 LCBO Vintages release.

The softening effect of the fennel and cream would also pair well with a white wine. Again, honouring the Italian heritage of the dish I would go with a Soave or Falanghina, which are both richer and more aromatic than a Pinot Grigio.

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 8 cups cooked pasta like rigatoni or fusili
  • 2 lbs Italian sausage remove casings
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 22 oz pasta sauce I used Thick & Zesty (680 ml)
  • 1 medium fennel bulb bulb only, fronds for garnish if desired
  • 1/4 cup 10% cream
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • fresh grated parmesan
  • red pepper flakes optional
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 8 cups cooked pasta like rigatoni or fusili
  • 2 lbs Italian sausage remove casings
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 22 oz pasta sauce I used Thick & Zesty (680 ml)
  • 1 medium fennel bulb bulb only, fronds for garnish if desired
  • 1/4 cup 10% cream
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • fresh grated parmesan
  • red pepper flakes optional
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Instructions
  1. Remove the sausage meat from the casing. Chop the meat so it is a fine uniform texture. Fry the sausage meat over medium heat about 8 minutes, stirring and breaking it up so it is not clumpy.
  2. Remove the stalks from the fennel bulb and chop the bulb roughly the same size as the onion dice. Add the onion and fennel to the sausage and saute another 10 minutes.
  3. Add the pasta sauce, and spices. Simmer over medium low heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add cream and just heat through.
  5. While the sauce is cooking, cook the pasta according to manufacturer's instructions. Drain but do not rinse.
  6. Serve sauce over pasta with fresh grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes (optional) for garnish.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Fennel and Sausage Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 836 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 2305mg 96%
Potassium 232mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 50g 100%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 68%
Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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