Whole Grain Rotini With Braised Fennel

  • Yield : 80 (5-oz)
  • Servings : 80 (5-oz)
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Fresh fennel bulb and greens give this dish a fresh, springy flavor. Carrots and whole grain pasta make this a nutrient-rich recipe.


  • 10 lbs. whole grain pasta
  • 20 oz. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 20 bulbs thinly sliced fresh fennel
  • 10 medium cut in 1/8-inch round carrots
  • 10 medium cut in 1/8-inch round carrots
  • As needed salt
  • As needed freshly ground black pepper
  • 50 oz. bias cut in 1/2-inch pieces spring onions
  • 20 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh fennel fronds


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in fridge. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Sauté the garlic in the oil until it turns slightly yellow. Add the fennel and carrots. Cook over
medium-high heat, covered, until the vegetables are just al dente. Season with salt and black pepper; set aside to cool and refrigerate until needed.

Step 3

For each serving, to order: Reheat 1 cup pasta in boiling salted water for 40 to 60 seconds. Drain. Heat about 2 oz fennel and carrots with 2/3 oz onions until tender. Combine 1 cup pasta and vegetable/sauce mixture. Stir in 1/4 oz (1 Tbsp) of grated cheese and a pinch of fennel fronds before serving.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (154g)
Servings Per Container 80 (5-oz)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 320
Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 150mg
Total Carbohydrate 48g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 3g
Protein 11g

Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 10%
Iron 15%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.