Pappardelle with Crispy Fennel + Fresh Herbs

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Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, very thinly sliced (1 tablespoons chopped fronds reserved)
  • 8 ounces dried egg papardelle
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add bay, fennel seed and garlic and cook until bay begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Raise heat to medium-high, add half of fennel in a single layer and cook without stirring until edges begin to brown, 3 minutes. Remove fennel with a slotted spoon from fat in pan and repeat with remaining fennel.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water. Drain pasta and place in serving bowl with crispy fennel, herbs, and lemon juice. (Remove bay leaf.) Toss gently to combine. Season pasta with salt and pepper.

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20 days ago banahsohs

Easily one of the best dishes I've made from Food52. Had it for dinner last night. Made it again for dinner tonight. It's seriously that good. Salty, Herbacious, acidic, and the Carmelized fennel - perfect balance in such a simple dish.


6 months ago Libby

Must be made with fresh pasta for the full effect.


almost 2 years ago Savannah Niles

Made this tonight-- this was fantastic. What a comforting collection of flavors. So wonderful. I didn't have fennel bulbs at my grocery store, so I replaced with bok choy-- it was still awesome. I also used some dried herbs, which was a mistake, but the dish was still very enjoyable overall. (The texture of the dried herbs is what was off). I ended up using less oil than the recipe called for and added more lemon and pepper.


almost 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

Looks delicious!