The Main Ingredient Of The Dish: Florence Fennel

Florence fennel, or finocchio, is a delicious and versatile vegetable with an unmistakable licorice-like flavor. It’s no wonder why it’s become such a popular ingredient in many dishes! Here are five recipes where this delicious vegetable takes center stage.

1. Fennel and Tomato Ragu: This classic Italian dish consists of sautéed fennel and tomatoes, cooked down to a thick sauce with garlic and herbs. Serve over pasta or polenta for a satisfying dinner.

2. Grilled Fennel Salad: Charring fennel on the grill brings out its sweetness, and pairs perfectly with a tangy lemon-dijon vinaigrette. Toss with fresh arugula for an easy side salad.

3. Fennel Soup: Roasted fennel is blended with vegetable stock until smooth and creamy, and garnished with a dollop of crème fraîche.

4. Fennel and Prosciutto Pizza: Top thin-crust pizza dough with thinly sliced fennel, prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese for an Italian-inspired dinner.

5. Roasted Fennel and Potatoes: Slice fennel and potatoes, toss with olive oil and herbs, and roast until golden brown. Serve as a flavorful side dish with any meal.