Spaghetti with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Caramelized Fennel

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recipe by Kathy G.

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    Total Time
    3hrs 30mins
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based on 2 ratings

I like that the tomatoes in this pasta are fresh, not canned. Their flavor is enhanced by roasting them in the oven. This step can be done ahead of time.

recipe updated Aug 20, 2018


  • Tomato icon
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Fresh thyme icon
    Fresh thyme
    about 3 sprigs
  • Fennel bulb icon
    Fennel bulb
  • Red onion icon
    Red onion
  • Fresh chili icon
    Fresh chili
  • Salt icon
    as needed
  • Spaghetti icon
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
  • Breadcrumbs icon


  • kCook icon Parchment paper
  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Water
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"
  • kCook icon Medium cast iron skillet

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat - 120°C
  2. Get a clean medium bowl
  3. Add halved tomato
  4. Add olive oil
  5. Add salt & pepper
  6. Toss
  7. Line a clean baking sheet with parchment paper
  8. Transfer tomatoes to baking sheet
  9. Add fresh thyme
  10. Roast until soft then set aside - 2 hr
  11. Get a clean medium cast iron skillet
  12. Add olive oil
  13. Add finely sliced fennel bulb
  14. Cook until browned - medium heat
  15. Add olive oil
  16. Add finely sliced red onion
  17. Cook until softened
  18. Add finely chopped fresh chili
  19. Cook - approx 2 min
  20. Chop tomatoes
  21. Transfer tomatoes to medium cast iron skillet then set aside
  22. Fill a clean large saucepan with water and bring to a boil
  23. Add salt
  24. Add spaghetti
  25. Cook until al dente
  26. Drain and reserve liquid
  27. Transfer pasta to medium cast iron skillet
  28. Toss together with slotted spoon
  29. Turn - high heat
  30. Add finely chopped fresh parsley
  31. Add olive oil
  32. Top with toasted breadcrumbs
  33. Serve
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