Penne Pasta W Roasted Fennel Cherry Tomatoes And Olives W Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1 fennel bulb (about ½ to 1 pound)
½   cup of pitted Kalamata olives, chopped coarsely
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
Freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil (homemade or store bought)
8 ounces penne pasta (about 2 cups)
½   teaspoon salt
¾   cup grated Romano Parmesan cheese (or pecorino)

Place the oven rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Trim any fronds and stalks from the fennel bulb.  Halve the fennel bulb lengthwise and remove the core.

Prepare the ingredients for roasting.  Halve the cherry tomatoes and chop the rosemary and oregano.  Coarsely chop the olives and cut the fennel into bite-size pieces.

Transfer the prepared ingredients (fennel, tomatoes, rosemary, oregano and kalamata olives) to a 9×13-inch baking pan.  Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and about 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with 2-3 tablespoons of garlic olive oil.  Toss well to combine and fully coat the vegetables.

Roast in preheated oven (stirring 2-3 times throughout) for about 35-40 minutes until the fennel is fork tender.

While the vegetables are roasting, prepare pasta according to package directions.  Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

When the fennel mixture is done, remove from the oven and add directly to pasta.  Add grated cheese, stir to combine and fully coat pasta. Salt and pepper to taste.

Finish with a drizzle of garlic infused olive oil (in the large serving bowl or individual bowls) and garnish with chopped parsley.  Serve immediately allowing guests to drizzle more, as desired.

Serves 4

Source: Sherrill, Stehanie. “Recipe: Penne Pasta with Roasted Fennel, Cherry Tomatoes and Olives with Garlic Infused Olive Oil.”, 29 Apr. 2015

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