I'm sending this recipe off to Presto Pasta Nights. Be sure to check out the other entries at Family, Friends, & Food on May 15, and don't forget the creator of Presto Pasta Nights, Ruth at Once Upon a Feast.
Pasta with Roasted Fennel-Tomato Sauce (adapted from The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper)
2 fennel bulbs, cored and thinly sliced
2 large onions, peeled and sliced
8 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1 T whole fennel seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 can (14 ounces) whole tomatoes, crushed by hand
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
1 pound shells or another smallish pasta
1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Toss the fennel, onion, garlic, chili flakes, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper with the olive oil in a roasting dish and roast, tossing once or twice during cooking, for 15 minutes.
2. In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta until almost al dente. Reserve some pasta cooking water when you drain the pasta.
3. After 15 minutes of roasting, stir in the crushed tomatoes. Roast 5 to 10 minutes more, until the fennel is tender and starting to brown.
4. Toss the drained pasta with the veggies and Parmesan, adding some pasta cooking water if necessary until the sauce is loosened and coats the pasta. Serve immediately, with more cheese.