Gemelli With Braised Fennel and Sausage

Gemelli With Braised Fennel and Sausage

This is a crowd favorite on cold winter nights.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 712 kcal



  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek chopped including green parts
  • ¼ tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 fennel bulb peeled, cored, and chopped
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage casings removed and crumbled
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • 1 lb Gemelli pasta
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded


  • In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
    3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Add the leek and fennel and sauté for 5 minutes.
    1 leek, 1 fennel bulb
  • Add the salt and pepper.
    pinch salt and pepper
  • Add the crumbled sausage and saute for 5 minutes.
    1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • Add the wine, chicken stock, and tarragon.
    ½ cup white wine, ¾ cup chicken stock, ¼ tsp dried tarragon
  • Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat and cook with the lid on about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Meanwhile, bring salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente.
    1 lb Gemelli pasta
  • Strain the pasta and add to the Dutch oven with the sausage and fennel.
  • Remove from heat, adjust salt and pepper.
  • Add fresh parsley.
    2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • Add parmesan cheese.
    1 cup parmesan cheese
  • Serve garnished with fennel and pink peppercorns (optional)


Pink Peppercorns are my new favorite ingredient! It’s very trendy on the cooking shows and grow plentifully here in San Diego where I live.
They add a pop of mild flavor and color. Try them on a goat cheese crostini.
I keep all my peppercorns in a small mortar with a pestle. This way I can crack them up fresh as needed. Mortar and pestle sets are cheaper than pepper grinders and they don’t jam or break.


Calories: 712kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 28gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 858mgPotassium: 613mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 546IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 261mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Fennel
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