With just a handful of pantry items you can have a delicious gourmet dinner on the table in 15 minutes. This is sorta my most famous recipe that I make all of the time both for our family and for guests. What I love about it is that it's very versatile. The basic recipe is amazing on it's own and served with a side salad

preserved lemon and fennel pasta

but you can dress it up with whatever you have on hand like greens, smoked salmon, sunny side up egg, or some fennel sausage. At my house this is a last minute dinner at least once a month.

About Preserved Lemon

Preserved lemons are very easy to create, especially if you have a Sous Vide, and they are one of my absolute favorite ingredients to cook with. They add delicious layers of acid, salt and a bit of fermented funk to everything from salad dressings to pasta. All it takes is lemon, salt and time to create this delicious ingredient. I keep a jar of preserved lemons from Villa Jerada handy for when I my supply has run low or I'm looking for something more authentic. 



  1. Drop the pasta in salted boiling water and set the timer for 9 minutes (or 1 minute less than the time for al dente with the brand you are using).
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until the oil shimmers.
  3. Sprinkle the fennel and chili in the pan for 30 seconds until it becomes fragrant.
  4. Add the sliced preserved lemon and saute for a couple of minutes.
  5. Drain the pasta and add directly to the skillet and toss to coat.  If adding chard or salmon add that now and saute until the chard wilts.
  6. Serve immediately.


You might like these recipes...

Not So Basic Black Bean Soup
Not So Basic Black Bean Soup
This easy, delicious recipe is our go-to for black bean soup. It's a plant based option among so many that call for saus
Read More
Roasted Red Pepper and Hazelnut Oil Vinaigrette
Roasted Red Pepper and Hazelnut Oil Vinaigrette
This extremely quick and bright dressing made with jarred roasted red peppers and Laurel hazelnut oil goes great on prep
Read More

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Recipes

Vegan Heirloom Bean Taco Salad
Easy AF Arikara Heirloom Bean Taco Salad

This super easy salad is a fantastic vegan main dish for those summer days (or when you want to invoke a little summer indoors). A quick saute of gourmet heirloom beans in Amanda Frietag's Chica Adobo Seasoning delivers a savory, spicy kick. This whole recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes for a meal that will even satisfy the meat eaters at the table. 
hominy arikara salad
Hominy and Arikara Heirloom Bean Salad

Gourmet heirloom beans meet heritage corn in a Mexican inspired salad that will be the star of your next back yard barbecue or taco Tuesday.
Meyer Lemon Napolean Mille Feuille
3 Ingredient Meyer Lemon Mille Feuille

SAVE 10%