Fennel & Bacon Pasta – Recipe

I love aniseed, and so fennel is one of my favourite herbs. I adapted this a little from a Good Food recipe I saw today, using things in my store cupboard. Most of the pasta I cook is quick, easy and mostly boring. This was anything but boring! It was ready in around 30 minutes. 

Serves 2


1 fennel bulb

1 onion 

200g chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp tomato purée

6 rashers of streaky bacon

1 deseeded chilli 

Thumb sized piece of ginger

3 garlic cloves

6 chestnut mushrooms

Small handful of parsley


Fry the onion and fennel in a little olive oil on a low heat until soft 

Add in the chilli, ginger, garlic, bacon, tomatoes and purée and fry for 15 minutes

Add the mushrooms and fry until soft. Meanwhile cook your chosen pasta. 

Add the pasta and a ladle of pasta water. 

Stir it all together and add parsley before serving

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