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Sausages with Fennel and Olives Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 6 sweet Italian sausages about 1 pound
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • ½ cup large pitted Kalamata olives Lidia uses pitted green olives
  • 1 large fennel bulb trimmed of its stalk and tough base coarse sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon peperoncino flakes optional


  • Start by getting all your ingredients prepped. Cut the fennel into 1-inch pieces, measure out your wine, smash or chop the olives, and have all the ingredients ready to cook with.
  • Heat a large fry or sauté pan over medium heat until a drop of water evaporates immediately when hitting the surface of the pan. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and then the sausages. Add the sausages to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes being sure to turn so they don't burn.
  • When the sausages are brown on all sides, add the wine and bring to a boil. Cook until the wine is reduced by half. Transfer the sausages to a plate and pour the remaining wine over them. Reserve for later.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and then the garlic. Cook for about a minute until the garlic begins to sizzle. If you are using the peperoncino flakes, now's the time to add them. Now it's time to add the smashed olives and cook for a minute or two.
  • Toss in the chopped fennel and combine with the garlic and olives. Season with a little salt, cover the pan and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes until the fennel softens and starts to turn golden. Be sure to stir the ingredients every once in a while so the y don't burn.
  • Lidia suggests to add a little water to the pan if the fennel is still hard after 20 minutes. I didn't find this to be the case.
  • When the fennel is ready, add the sausages back to the pan along with the wine and any accumulated juices. Gently mix everything together to combine flavors and continue to cook uncovered until the fennel caramelizes. This should take about 5 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve along or with pasta, rice, couscous or orzo like we did.