The other day, I was in a pinch for time and had little left in the fridge other than a bulb of fennel. Did you know that fennel and tomatoes go quite wonderfully together and make a delicious flavor combination? If you did not, you will find out with this Speedy Pasta with Tomato and Fennel dish.
Now granted, this does not look like the most appealing dish ever, but I promise you (as with all recipes on this blog) – it is utterly delicious. It is also rather simple from an ingredient perspective and relies on a lot of ingredients you likely already have at home.
You simply fry off onion and fennel in olive oil with a little bit of salt. Once it is almost translucent, you add balsamic vinegar and let it reduce in order to get a really nice, almost caramelized flavor. Add the tomato tin, a bit of water, and the capers, along with salt, some chili flakes, and pepper and let reduce. Stir through cooked pasta and a bit of cooking water and voila – super easy, quick, but yet flavorful and delicious.
Why Is this Speedy Pasta with Tomato and Fennel Good For You?
Fennel is known as both a culinary plant, as well as a medicinal herb. It has a white bulb, with green stalk and slightly feathery leaves. Both the bulb itself, as well as the seeds taste slightly licorice like, a flavor I personally really dig! Just a side note: I have concentrated on the health benefits of the fennel bulb (the fresh fennel) here, but the seeds have similar benefits, so feel free to include those into your diet as well! Fennels contain vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. Manganese is great for enzyme activation, protecting our cells, bone development, blood sugar regulation, and the healing of wounds. Magnesium and calcium also play an important role in our overall bone health.
Fennel has powerful antioxidant properties. It contains mainly antioxidants of the polyphenol kind. These antioxidants have been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent in our bodies. But they may also protect against cancer, are anti-viral, and anti-microbial. Last but not least, fennel contains a good amount of fiber, which – amongst all the other health benefits mentioned – is also excellent for our heart health. A higher intake of fiber has been directly linked to a lowered risk of heart disease. This is mainly due to fiber being able to bind and flush our cholesterol. The potassium found in fennel further supports our heart health as it allows our blood vessels to relax. I have to admit that I was not aware of what a powerhouse fennel is! Be sure to gobble this one up 🤩.
How can I adjust this Speedy Pasta with Tomato and Fennel recipe to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. If you would like to make this recipe paleo, be sure to use a paleo-approved pasta.
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And there you have it for this week. I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious pasta recipe. It is a perfect starter into the warmer months. As always, please let me know what you think by either commenting on the post below and/or rating the recipe. I love hearing from you!! Happy pasta-making and ENJOY!