Mixed reviews...i couldn't bring myself to boil the vegetables so I sauteed them in a bit of olive oil. I used fresh thyme because I was out of dried. :o I couldn't detect the ground fennel. This makes a LOT of food. It's not that time consuming if your beans are cooked. I will admit i didn't make the hot sauce...couldn't get my paws on the peppers but that looks like a good recipe! Everybody liked this but no raves. I think it needs more of a 'kick' somewhere besides in the sauce on top. Thank you for posting. Made for 'Greens for Spring' in the Diabetic Forum 5/12.