Fresh Tomato Sauce With Fennel and Orange

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

A lovely recipe to use your garden fresh tomatoes with! Adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 2 tbls. olive oil in a 10" skillet over medium high heat till shimmering.
  2. Add fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned around the edges, 4-6 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, fennel seed, saffron(if using), pepper flakes, and orange peel; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Now stir in the tomatoes and cook till tomato pieces lose their shape to form a chunky sauce, about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove and discard orange peel. Stir in the orange juice, basil, salt, pepper, and sugar to taste.
  6. Toss the sauce and the remaining 2 tbls. olive oil with your favorite pasta and serve! Enjoy!


Most Helpful

I didn't have the saffron and I used a bit more pepper because we like things spicy. Very quick and delicious sauce I used on shrimp.

andreafortunoff March 18, 2012

The saffron gave this sauce a smooth and earthy finish. I loved the bit of heat that balanced the sweetness of the fennel and orange. My orange was very sweet, so no additional sugar was needed. And who needs the pasta??? I ate this sauce with a spoon! Use the best olive oil you have to drizzle on before serving.

TooAllergic October 28, 2006

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