Pasta Finocchi e Acciughe (Pasta with Fennel and Anchovies)

Today the garden delivered a handful of parsley, a small fennel and a few spring onions, enough produce to inspire Mrs BYF to make lunch


1 small fennel or half of a big one thinly sliced

5 spring onions sliced, using the green leaves as well if  they are young

Pinch of flaked chilli

6 anchovies – chopped

2 cloves of garlic – crushed

100g toasted breadcrumbs 

50g chopped parsley 

6 tablespoons olive oil 

Boil the pasta water and add salt and pasta while making the sauce

Heat the oil in a large pan, big enough to contain the pasta and sauce. Cast iron is good for retaining the heat. Fry the onions until soft but not coloured, add the garlic. Add the sliced fennel and braise until slightly cooked, retaining some crunchy ness. Add the anchovy. When the pasta is cooked, sprinkle the chilli and parsley over the sauce, season with salt and pepper then add a few tablespoons of pasta water and stir.  Drain and tip the pasta in to the pan with the sauce and mix well. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the pasta. Stir to combine, serve with a generous helping of Parmigiano cheese.


Do not forget to compliment it with some homemade red wine

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