There are two things that I love: fennel and anything caramelized.
Don’t act surprised. Fennel has a licoricey flavor. Caramelizing involves cooking something in butter for an extended period of time. What NOT to love?
You may have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve featured a pasta dish on the blog. I love me some pasta but I ate a great deal of quinoa while marathon training and I still am eating a great deal of it. However, the other day I came home from school and was just craving a big bowl of pasta. I blame the cooler weather and the impending rain. It makes me want to carb load. But then again, everything makes me want to carb load.
It’s been a while since I’ve cooked something truly blog worthy. I blame law school. I’m taking some really interesting classes but I have 4 exams and a 35 page paper all staring me down in December. What was I thinking!? Finals prep normally lasts for about a month and my fear of how much work I have to do have motivated me to start earlier than usual.
Finals are starting to get to me. Like today. I did laundry. I washed, dried and folded it before I realized that I neglected to add detergent. Seriously people. Sometimes I wonder about myself.
In any case! My meals have been roasted veggies and quinoa -> boring. Hopefully I can make some bloggable meals in the next few weeks. I promise to try!
Linguini with Caramelized Fennel
2 servings of brown linguini (portion determined per package directions)
2 tbs unsalted butter
1 blub of fennel, sliced length wise
1 can diced, unsalted tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup red wine
1 head of broccoli
Cook pasta in salted pasta water. When the pasta is halfway done cooking add the broccoli to the boiling water. Drain and set aside once al dente.
Melt butter in a sauce pan over low heat. Add the sliced fennel. Stir gradually at a low heat until the fennel softens.
It might take a while. Add a pinch of salt and pepper while stirring.
Once the fennel has softened add the garlic until fragrant. It should only take minute.
Then add the can of diced tomatoes and red wine. Turn the heat up.
Let the sauce cook until it has reduced a little. Add more salt and pepper. Add the oregano. Stir frequently.
Add the pasta and the broccoli to the mix and combine well with the pasta. Serve in a bowl with a big dollop of goat cheese on top.
The fennel really serves as a substitute for onion and I really like it. The sauce isn’t anything too different than usual but I loved mixing it up with fennel. I really like a simple diced tomato and red wine sauce. I added the goat cheese on a whim at the last moment but it the perfect way to top the pasta. The noodles were warm and melted the goat cheese. Melted goat cheese on pasta? Yes! All day everyday!
How was your weekend? Considering finals, mine still managed to be pretty fun.
Everything makes me want to carb-load too. Seriously.
I recently tried raw fennel for the first time, it was pretty good! I’ll need to buy some and actually try cooking with it.