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Pasta with Leeks and Fennel
I’m always trying out new ideas for pasta. The market had beautiful leeks and fennel bulbs and I came up with this light and delicious combination.
1 lb. thin spaghetti
3-4 oz. pancetta, cut in matchsticks
3 leeks, white parts only, split lengthwise, and thinly sliced
2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed, cut in quarters, and thinly sliced across the grain
freshly ground black pepper to taste
pepperoncini to taste
dash of balsamic vinegar
1 cup pecorino tartufo, roughly grated
In a sauté pan heat the olive oil, add the pancetta and sauté until slightly crisp. Drain most of the fat and add the fennel and leeks and a splash of water. Cover the pan and cook until the vegetables are just soft. Season with pepper and pepperoncini and a splash of balsamic. Keep warm.
In the meantime, cook the pasta al dente. Before draining, add a ladleful or two of the pasta water to the vegetable mixture. Mix the drained pasta with the vegetables and cheese and toss vigorously. Serve immediately!