Recipe by DeidreJane
This recipe was posted in The Costco Connection September 2009 edition and is from Fine Cooking magazine. Awesome. Wonderful recipe! Excellent flavor combinations with the fennel and sun dried tomatoes, and super tasty. No need for Parmesan cheese on this pasta!
Top Review by kitchenslave03
I was just going to post this. Thanks for saving me the time! You can use evaporated milk or fat free half and half instead of cream to lighten it up. If you do that, you might want to add some parmesan or romano. Fresh basil is nice too.
- kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup chopped fennel (about half a medium bulb)
- 2 medium garlic cloves, very coarsely chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄3 cup drained sun-dried tomato packed in oil, very coarsely chopped
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon Pernod (optional)
- 1 lb dried rigatoni pasta
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat the olive oil in a 10- to 11- inch straight sided saute pan over medium heat. Add the fennel and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fennel starts to soften and brown, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in 1 cup water and the cream, low-salt chicken broth, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer briskly uncovered, until the tomatoes are plump and soft, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the Pernod if using. Let cool slightly, then puree in a blender until smooth. Wipe out the skillet, return the sauce to the skillet, season to taste with salt and keep hot.
- Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook the rigatoni until just barely al dente, 1-2 minutes less than the package instructions. Drain well and return to the pot. Add the sauce and toss over medium-low heat for a minute or two so the pasta finishes cooking and absorbs some of the sauce.