Sunday, January 17, 2010

Spicy Spaghetti with Fennel and Herbs

When I saw the title of this recipe I opted to make it because it sounded nice and simple and that’s the theme of our Thursday night club. It also has to fall into the category of comfort food – and I think it hit the mark there too.   Everybody has their own idea of what comfort food is.  I don’t think I’m too far off if I say most of us crave roasted vegetables and meats, pasta and hearty soups… no salads when it’s impossible to find good quality fresh ingredients living where I do.

When I was slicing the fennel it felt like there would be far too much; however, I was wrong and it was the perfect amount.  Something else I second guessed was I wasn’t sure if there would be enough heat.  That’s always a hard one when you’re cooking for a crowd because it’s personal preference, so I stuck to the recipe and used two chilies without their seeds.  Next time I’ll use a third or keep the seeds in.  The only changes I made to the recipe was I added two spicy Italian pork sausages and a large shallot.  The shallot I didn’t notice so much, but I really enjoyed the sausage and will definitely add it again.  

For the recipe go here.


  1. I am salavating thinking about this spaghetti again...
    I am scared to try this one for my family, it tasted so perfectly good when you made it I don't want to ruin that taste memory.

  2. You can do it I believe in you!

  3. WE MADE THIS LAST NIGHT! and when i say 'we' i mean jeremy.


    so spicy and simple and delicious.