Rigatoni With Sun-Dried Tomato and Fennel Sauce

Recipe by DeidreJane
READY IN: 35mins




  • 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.