Fennel + Bacon Ragu — delicious and only 30 minutes to make!

A lot of parents shy away from strongly flavoured vegetables like fennel and aren’t too sure what to do with them but there is nearly always a way to cook your vegetables so that kids will love them. For fennel — I find it’s cutting it down and slow roasting it with its best pal, bacon, to make this hearty fennel + bacon ragu that takes around 30 minutes to make and fills your house with the most glorious smell. We love it tossed through pasta or combined with beans to make a wintery stew (with plenty of bread to mop up the sauce).

Fennel + Bacon Ragu Fennel + Bacon Ragu

Fennel + Bacon Ragu

  • 2 large or 3 small fennel bulbs, roughly chopped
  • 8 rashers smoked bacon, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, picked
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes + fennel seeds 
  • 1 litre tomato passata
  • sea salt

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to an ovenproof dish and place over medium heat. Place the fennel, bacon, garlic, herbs + spices in a food processor and blitz down until finely chopped. Add the fennel mix to the hot saucepan and cook for 8-10 minutes until starting to soften. Add the tomato passata. Bring to the boil and then cover with a tight fitting lid. Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove and serve immediately tossed through pasta.

Enjoy your Fennel + Bacon Ragu!


PS A simple tomato pasta!


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