I live in a remote area and had a little trouble sourcing a fresh fennel bulb for the recipe, but it was definitely worth the effort to locate this wonderful ingredient. Fennel is the slight anise-like flavor used in Italian sausage. My picky-eater of a husband loved this, as did both my boys.
With the original recipe calling for either using 2 lb of pasta or freezing half the sauce for a later date, I decided to go ahead and pick up extra pasta. Once the sauce was finished however, I realized that I wouldn’t need 2 lb of pasta since we like our pasta pretty saucy.
2 lb bulk, Sweet Italian sausage – $2.50/lb
Fennel bulb – $2
2 lb pappardelle – $2.48/lb
Fennel seeds – $2.71
Canned tomatoes – $2
tomato paste – $1
wine – $3.46
oregano – $1
total = $23.13 for at least 10 servings comes out to $2.31 per serving…..not bad for a delicious meal!