Pasta has always been one of my favorite go-to comfort foods. it’s probably not the best thing for my diet, but on a cold night there is nothing better. For someone like me, however, the basic tomato sauce can be a bit boring so I’m always trying to find something that ranks a little higher on the taste thermometer.
I think I found something.
This had everything I was looking for…ingredients that could stand alone individually on flavor, lots of color and it was not your typical spaghetti and red sauce. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go over with my husband…he is after all, a sauce man and you typically cannot change is mind. The pressure was on…..
I adapted this from Giada’s cooking show. One of the things I changed was the sausage. You can use whatever sausage you like but I opted for a sausage made at Whole Foods. Chicken sausage with red peppers and garlic.. One of their best in my opinion with a lot of zest and flavor. And for me, I roasted the fennel just a bit longer than the time given, only because I like mine a bit more charred.
The aroma when cooking this meal was amazing, the colors were beautiful and the taste was so flavorful. I don’t think my husband even realized there wasn’t a sauce. I must have changed his way of thinking because he went back for more!
I love this meal and I think you will too. Pair it with a nice salad and some crusty bread and you’ve got a comfort food that your guests will all enjoy!