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~
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 pan..in 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 them..so 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..