Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Josée DiStasio's Fennel and Sausage Pasta~

Oh que c'est bon!

Another one of my very favorite cookbook authors..

I was perusing the book yet again and came across her Sausage and fennel pasta..

We had the fresh sausage..I had the pasta..I had the Garlic..the red pepper flakes ..and the fresh chicken broth from last night's chicken~

I simply had to buy the fresh fennel and red pepper..

It was so good!
I served it in warmed Cazuelas..w/ lots of freshly grated Parmigiano cheese..a fresh frond of fennel..and we were in heaven~

I have..both these books..

And truly enjoy both...

In fact I cannot wait to eat it again~
La Recette~
Fennel and Italian Sausage Pasta
adapted from "Pasta et Cetera" by Josee Di Stasio
1 lb Italian Sausage casings removed
1 fennel bulb halved and sliced
2 chopped red peppers

crushed chili peppers
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 -1 tsp crushed fennel seeds

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper
Remove casings from sausage..
In a large 2 tsps of evoo sauté the sausage for ap 5 mins..until no pink is visible.... Remove the sausage and keep warm..She mentions to discard fat..I had virtually none so kept whatever was left:) Add some evoo.. Sauté the fennel and peppers for 10 minutes or until the fennel becomes soft and caramelized. Add the garlic, fennel seeds,crushed chili peppers , salt, and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Meanwhile...In a large pot boil salted water and cook pasta until al dente. (Mine was a whole 20 minutes..)

Add the chicken stock to the fennel pepper mixture and the sausage..add a bit of pasta water.. add the pasta after the sauce has reduced a bit..mix all..add some cheese then more at serving~

Remember to taste and season!

I was contemplating using my new (old) dishcloths I recently found..I had taken all the old marks..small stains off..washed..and ironed..I love the handiwork.. but just couldn't bring myself to use I hung them up instead on my small washstand in the kitchen that houses my cazuelas..:)

Imagine ..they were made for us:) Without the artist knowing♥

My poor nightshots:(Into The Night Garden likes only the fronds..


  1. she is as pretty as you, reminds me even~

    i was looking for crowns, but i love your towels. and dinner looks delish~

  2. You had me with the sausage. I love just about any pasta with Italian sausage. I can just imagine how good it was made with your own homemade.

  3. Hi Monique! Jain, I was thinking the EXACT same thought ~ Magical M... you & Josée!

    This pasta dish sounds perfect (and with homemade sausage...all the better!)

    Oh the "C's"! It was meant to be. They are lovely. Vintage linens, I posted something similar just a little while ago. GMTA. xo

  4. I love this kind of pasta -- and when I find fresh fennel (rare on the prairie), I will definitely make this dish.

    I believe in using things but --- I'm not sure I would use thsoe beautiful linens for dishes!

  5. ELMO!!! Looks pink on your sidebar!!!LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I will show my little ones when they are here...
    your towels are many ways to use them!
    I am still thinking about yesterdays dish...must try it.
    love hearing about your favorite books and cooks, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  6. You take the nicest pictures. Good food, too, of course!

  7. What a pretty lady. and O my I love htose dish cloths....they look so romantic and anchanting...of course the pasta looks delish too!

  8. That's a beautiful lady! It is a simple dish, but oh-so-tasty. Just looking at the fresh ingredients you use tells me so. Those embroidered napkins are so classy. I love even your "poor night shots". What you touch always turns to gold. :)

  9. I always learn so much from your posts, Monique! I now keep a second window open so that I can google &/or translate the various words you use, that I may understand better. My foreign language is sorely lacking...I had to look up "Cazuelas" :-)

    As soon as I get some fennel & red peppers, I will try this recipe. It looks & sounds delightful. Thank you!

  10. I love Italian sausage too. Sounds delightful.

  11. Good morning..Thanks..I hope you like it..never made a Josée dish we didn't like...Like Ina..from here:)There are wonderful DVDs of her travels to France and Italy also.. day if I get newer loveseats for the sunroom..I'd like to make cushions out of the towels..and Elmo is pink:) You mix food coloring w/ water in a spray bottle..and spray your snowman..the effect doesn't last forever though apparently the color fades the next day..
    Have a great to peek at what you have been up to..

  12. Just lovely Monique...
    The pasta sounds like something we would love!
    And for me there is nothing like the feel and look of vintage linens...I love them as well...

  13. I love Josee and her philosophy on cooking. I am so glad her latest cookbook was translated into English.

  14. Bonjour Monique, un régal ces pâtes j'en suis certaine et moi aussi tes serviettes de lin ont attiré mon attention, j'aime beaucoup la vaisselle ancienne et le linge de maison.

    Passe une belle journée.

  15. Fennel has become one of my favorite things to use in cooking this past year or so! I know I would love this recipe. Her wonderful minestrone recipe that you shared a while ago was so good. Keepers!

  16. I forgot to say what beautiful linens! They found where they belong ;)

  17. Cette recette est Magnifique sans parler de tes photos:)xxx

  18. Oh, I'm such a big fan of her!! But it seems I don't have this book of her yet...all about pasta etc? The dish looks delicious! And how I love your dishcloths! It took me a while to get over that "feeling sorry for them" I now use all my old ones and love it...but I bet yours look just gorgeous on your wash stand?

  19. Quelle recette réconfortante ! Et quelle jolie broderie, aussi ... J'aime le beau linge ...
    Bisous, Monique


  20. Everything is lovely! That pasta sounds wonderful!

  21. I don't own any of her cookbooks but your post made me want to buy them!

  22. Fennel. Sausage. Peppers. Pasta. What else is there?

    Ok, there are linens--and these are gorgeous! They're too pretty to dry dishes with, I think.

  23. I love fennel. As a matter of fact I love everything you put into this dish. You do things with such grace and ease that it is always a delight to visit here.

  24. Que j'aime Josée. J'ai ces deux livres et je regarde ces émissions. Maintenant je sais ce que je vais servir pour le souper demain soir. Merci!

  25. Delicious dish! I love pasta dishes with sausages and fantastic to serve it in a cazuela!

  26. Ya know, I have never cooked with fennel. I'm sure it is not a hard ingredient to work with but I just shy away from it for some reason. Your pasta looks sooo good. Oh, and your dish cloths, love the old traditional embroidery. Give you a nice grand feeling.

  27. Simply delicious sounding. I love the sound of this...and I'll check out these books.

    I think the reason these lovely old linens survive is that we all agree...they are just too beautiful to clean up pasta sauce and the likes with! That must be why my terry towels wear out so fast!!


  28. Your recipe sounds wonderful. I love fennel (not uncooked, however) and who doesn't like Italian sausage? Yum.

    I adore old linens. Yours are beautiful. Displaying them the way you have is the way to go. I hate using them!