Pappardelle with Crispy Fennel + Fresh Herbs

September 16, 2013

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
In This Recipe


  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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