Gemelli with Tomato Sauce, White Beans, Fennel, and Sausage
Gemelli with Tomato Sauce, White Beans, Fennel, and Sausage
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Gemelli with Tomato Sauce, White Beans, Fennel, and Sausage

30 MIN
30 MIN



  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and oil lightly. Set 250 ml (1 cup) of the cooking water aside. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté the fennel and onion in half the oil until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze with the wine and reduce until almost dry.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and beans and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the pasta and parsley and toss to coat with the sauce. Heat through and add cooking water, if needed. Adjust the seasoning.
  4. Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown the sausages in the remaining oil. Serve the pasta with the sausages. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


The amount of legumes, and thus protein, makes this recipe a complete meal. If desired, you can even omit the sausage and increase the amount of beans. In rustic Italian cooking, legumes are often added to pasta sauce, as it is a very economical option.

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