Penne with sausage and fennel


This recipe comes from my friend elashava in madison,i modified it slightly

1 lb penne pasta
1 lb mild italian sausage
1 large fennel bulb
1 large onion
1 6 oz can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 cup grated romano cheese
1/2 cup chopped fennel fronds
1 Tbsp olive oil

Boil water for the pasta and cook according to the package
while the water is boiling slice the fennel bulb and onion in half. slice into thin crescents. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan. saute the onions and fennel until  very soft. remove from the pan. brown the sausage in the same pan. when it is almost fully cooked add the onion/fennel back. cook until the sausage is cooked and the onion is beginning to brown. in a small bowl mix the water with the tomato paste until smooth. add teh pepper flakes. pour into the sausage mixture. cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. stir in the cheese and the fennel fronds.

stir the drained pasta into the sauce. if its to thick add 1/2 cup or so of reserved pasta water to loosten it.



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