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Roasted Fennel Tomato Sauce

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“Roasting the fennel tempers the liquorice-like flavor and enhances the sweetness of this bulbous vegetable. A pinch of peperoncini adds spice. Use a short pasta (rigatoni, fusilli or cavatelli are all good choices). Adapted from a recipe by Blake Royer at Serious Eats, which he adapted from _The Splendid Table's How to Eaty Supper_.”

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  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F Combine the fennel, onion, garlic, oil, chili flakes, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper in a roasting dish and roast, tossing once or twice during cooking, for 15 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve some pasta cooking water.
  3. After 15 minutes of roasting, stir the crushed tomatoes into the vegetables, combining well. Roast 5 to 10 minutes more, until the fennel is tender and starting to brown.
  4. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and toss with the roasted vegetables and Parmesan, adding some pasta cooking water if necessary until the sauce is loosened and coats the pasta. Serve immediately.

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