Fresh Pasta with Italian Sausage, Fennel, Porcini Mushrooms and Romano Cheese


The subtle sweetness from the fennel really shines through in this dish giving it a complex flavor profile you will love!  It’s a super easy dish that is sure to please 🙂

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Serves: 2-3


  • 1 lb Fresh italian sausage, ground
  • 1/4 C. Fennel bulb, diced
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • 1/2 C. Porcini mushrooms
  • 1 Package Buitoni linguine (or you can make your own).
  • 1/4 C. Freshly grated romano cheese.
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper
  • OPTIONAL : 1/2 C light sour cream if you want a creamier feel
  1. Chop produce (Fennel and Shallot) leave mushrooms whole and if they are dry, rehydrate them by following the instructions on the package.
  2. Heat large skillet to medium high and bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. Cook sausage in large skillet with the fennel, mushrooms, and shallots until sausage is cooked thoroughly.  Turn off burner.  This is where you would add sour cream if you decide to do so- it’s good both ways…
  4. Add fresh pasta to boiling water for designated time of package (if it’s fresh its should be around 3 min).
  5. Once pasta is done, drain and toss in tsp of olive oil then add to the sausage mixture and toss throughly until all is mixed well.
  6. Serve onto plates and top with Romano cheese!  You can serve with a green and bread if desired.


About zestybeandog

I live in Austin with my wonderful husband, dog Ginger, and cat Skiddy. We are a pretty laid back group (except for Ginger). When I'm not teaching yoga, personal training, or dog walking... I'm in the kitchen. I'm always experimenting with new ingredients and thinking of ways to prepare fresh foods in a unique way. I hope to update the blog 4-5 times a week. I've had several friends, family, and clients inquire about my recipes so here it goes. What to expect: Healthy recipes that are good for you, some classics (that have been spruced up), some not so healthy recipes (still made with quality ingredients that can be enjoyed in moderation), and beer and wine parings/reviews! I hope you enjoy, cheers!

4 responses »

    • It’s so good, also if you like it creamier, you can add some sour cream or a dash of heavy cream 🙂 Let me know what you think when you try it! Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂

  1. You forgot the mushrooms. When and where do they go in? I presume… but you left that step/ingredient out of the final preparation.

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