Fennel, Leek and Mushroom Penne

Fennel, Leek and Mushroom Penne (2)

Leeks are one of my favourite vegetables. I love their fresh, slightly fragrant flavour. At this time of the year, in the UK as we approach Spring, they will start to go out of season soon. So, along with my Anglesey Eggs last night, I wanted to produde a few recipes which would celebrate this wonderful, underrated vegetable which somehow manages to cheer up the winter months.

Shortly, as Spring arrives, we’ll start getting lots of new exciting vegetables. But in the meantime, why not make the most of what we have.

This is a moreish, creamy pasta dish which I’m sure you’ll love. It’s completely vegetarian, ready in 20 minutes and warming on a cold, biting day (it’s supposed to warm up by Saturday apparently, but for now the Winter seems to be clinging on…).

This will serve 5-6.

Best made in a nice big casserole dish like this one.

Fennel, Leek and Mushroom Penne (3)

Fennel, Leek and Mushroom Penne

500g fresh penne (or dried equivalent)

10g butter

1 onion

3 medium leeks

1 fennel bulb

200g button mushrooms

200ml half fat creme fraiche

1 tsp dried oregano

1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water until al dente. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, slice the onion, leeks and fennel. Add to a large saute pan with the butter and cook for 10 minutes until softened. Halve the mushrooms and add these – cook for a further 5 minutes.

3. Stir in the creme fraiche and 200ml water. Add the oregano, bring to a simmer then season with salt and pepper.

4. Mix the sauce with the pasta and leave to sit for 2 minutes. Enjoy!

Fennel, Leek and Mushroom Penne (1)

Find this recipe on the Pasta, Please! link up hosted by Family-Friends-Food and Tinned Tomatoes!

25 responses to “Fennel, Leek and Mushroom Penne”

  1. Oh I agree! Leeks are one of my favourites too. Indeed,they have been a very controversial addition to my Scouse recipe that I posted today. I have emails and texts about it ha! This pasta dish looks lovely as always x

    1. Ooh, you are brave making changes to Scouse! x

  2. Wow I love this pasta recipe, it looks delicious, love the ingredints!

  3. Well I was going to go to my favorite Italian Restaurant tonight. Not now! Looks wonderful.

  4. Oh yum! That is my kind of dish. How delicious. Do link up and add your recipe to this month’s Pasta Please http://family-friends-food.com/pasta-please-springtime-recipes/

    1. Just did, thanks very much 🙂

  5. I’m a sucker for pasta dishes, and this one looks delicious! Sweet and simple, too 🙂

  6. My family loves pasta. This is definitely a dish I would make for them. Yum!

  7. Looks delicious! I love leeks too. Unlike most who like the leek soup, I like them sauteed with other vegetables, especially pumpkins or squash. This looks like something I would really like. Thanks!

  8. I love leeks AND fennel! I think I am getting both in my delivery this week!!

  9. This looks great! I also love using mushrooms for vegetarian dishes, due to their “meaty” texture.

  10. loverofcreatingflavours

    This looks delicious, I adore all the ingredients and i’m sure they’re a fabulous combination. I’m going to try it.

  11. I’m a big fan of leeks too. This pasta sounds scrumptious and I like the inclusion of fennel.

  12. Beautifully photographed! I love the lighting. Also, it makes me want to have a big bowl of pasta right NOW 🙂

  13. I’ve enjoyed cooking with leeks before but definitely need to find more ways to incorporate them into my meals. Just noticed your potato and leek soup I need to go check out too. Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Thanks for this recipe! It looks delicious 😉 Friday I went to the Italian restaurant and I was disappointed so now thanks to your blog I can cook penne al dente at home <3

  15. Thanks for stopping by n liking the post… ur recipes are really nice n easy

  16. This looks delicious! Thanks for joining in with Pasta Please 😀

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