This pasta offers robust savory flavors while feeling pretty light. The leek and fennel perfectly complement the acidity of the tomato marinara. Adapted from Hema's Mixed Bag blog.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in bucatini and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until firm to the bite and almost tender, 9 to 11 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water. Run cold water over pasta.

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pot over medium heat. Add 2 garlic cloves, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf. Cook and stir until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and mash with with a potato masher to break down. Stir and reduce heat to medium-low; let simmer.

  • Heat remaining olive oil in a Dutch over medium-low heat. Add sliced fennel, leeks, a pinch of salt, and remaining garlic. Cook and stir until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and another pinch of salt. Add the tomato sauce and reserved pasta water; stir to combine. Add the pasta and let simmer until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Place pasta in bowls and garnish with fennel fronds and Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

564 calories; protein 18.4g; carbohydrates 99.5g; fat 10.4g; cholesterol 4.4mg; sodium 362mg. Full Nutrition
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