Brown 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed, in a large skillet, breaking up the pieces with a wooden spoon, about 7 minutes. Transfer sausage to a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet; stir in 1 large bulb fennel, cut into 1/4-inch thick sticks. Season with salt. Cook until softened, 8 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup dry white wine; cook to reduce by half. Add 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves and reserved sausage. Simmer until sauce thickens slightly. Toss with 1 pound cooked penne and 1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives. Makes: 6 servings.