Roasted Fennel with Parmesan

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 fennel bulbs, cut horizontally into 1/3-inch thick slices, fronds reserved
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup freshly shredded Parmesan
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Lightly oil the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Arrange the fennel in the dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then with the Parmesan. Drizzle with the oil. Bake until the fennel is fork-tender and the top is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Chop enough fennel fronds to equal 2 teaspoons, then sprinkle over the roasted fennel and serve.


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At my request ,my local grocery store just started to carry Fennel so to reward them for their efforts I bought two bulbs. One was enormous so I used it for this recipe. My husband kept saying "boy, something smell good". He was very pleasantly surprise at how really good this was.  We'll make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think you coat anything with cheese, oil salt and pepper and it will be good. Fennel is no exception. Might be my new favorite way to eat fennel... item not reviewed by moderator and published
My hubs and I had never tasted fennel (anise) before this. This was so simple and delicious. We will be having this again. I paired it with Giada's roasted pork loin with port and fig sauce. SCRUMPTIOUS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bellissimo! So simple, yet so tasty. I had some eggplant, so I prepared it the same way as the fennel and it was terrific, too. Buon' appetito! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
No muss. No fuss. Just delicious buttery fennel pieces. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always boil the cut up fennel in lemon water first (only about 5 min.) before roasting to soften the tough bulbs (cooks faster too), then add slivered almonds to them along with the parmesan, before roasting. Then I add 2 oz. Pernod (anise liquer) with about 10 minutes left, in order to perk up any lost licorice taste (anise is one of the best things you can ingest anyway!). With about 5 minutes remaining I then turn the oven on broil to get a delicious browned crunchy top (it also toasts the almonds a bit, which intensifies their taste too). bon appetit item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and pretty good. The fresh Parmesan is a must! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is soooo good! Smells amazing coming out of the oven! I made this the first time for Christmas dinner and added cauliflower to make the dish work for all the people who were eating. Everyone loved it and it's a new favorite for our family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe. I have to admit I added a little cream to it though. I'm sure it doesn't need it, but it was gooood! I made it as a side dish for braciole. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time reviewer here! Just HAD to review this one!! Always looking for variety for my family and I was SO glad when I came across this! Never had fennel before but after making this, I'm a huge fan! My 10 year old son asked if I could make it every night! Tasted like buttered candy! Honestly! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love fennel, and I was looking for something different from my usual braised recipe. This was so easy and delicious. I did this on a rimmed baking sheet, and turned the fennel pieces over halfway through cooking, and added a little more parm. This shrinks up a LOT, so you might want to allot one fennel bulb per person. It's not as much as it sounds like once it's roasted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious. Be generous with the parmesan cheese. Fennel and parmesan make a great flavor combination. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So simple and flavorful, love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a nice change for a green veggie! Very tasty. Normally, we do not care for fennel but this was delish...nutty flavor and parmesan adds great touch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This comes together in a pinch, cooks in a flash, and gets eaten in the blink of an eye! Wonderful flavors, with such an easy preparation... I want to make this every day!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly and was pleasantly surprised at the results! The fennel was so tender and sweet. It looks really pretty as an appetizer on a decorative plate. I'll definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So simple, so delicious. The colour that comes out of the fennel from the slow roasting process is stunning. My husband still could not eat it, I told him if he did not like this recipe he will never like fennel. I am not a huge fan of fennel but this was fantastic. Thank you Giada! ~ Suzie the Foodie item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you don't think you like fennel, try this. The toasted parmesan flavor compliments the fennel (which loses some of its anise flavor in the cooking process) beautifully! My husband and I hate the whole batch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was trying to find a way to use leftover fennel and parmesan cheese, so I just threw this together and it turned out great--flavorful and tasty. And so so easy! A great simple appetizer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so great alone, but I added asparagus and the flavor mingling was delicious. I love the food channel, I think i have always known how to cook well, but these recipes take you to another level. Keep em coming... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I bought some fennel on a whim because I remembered seeing Giada fix this and thought it looked promising. It was great--ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! And it could not have been easier. This one is going in my personal recipe book -- in ink! Even my 16-year old son who hates veggies liked it. This is definitely going to become a family staple. Two thumbs up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked it on the stove for about 10 minutes before I placed into the oven.. I was so anxious to eat it so I wanted to go faster.. My husband looked at it and said "wow it is so beautiful looking." I felt like a real cook... Love the parmesan touch.. smells good when it is fresh parmesan.. Thank you Giada..... A new favorite dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We're living in Italy for a couple years and fennel is a very popular vegetable. I've enjoyed discovering different ways it can be prepared. This method was fabulous and now I want to add it to my Christmas menu. To quicken the process I sauted the fennel for about 10 minutes and then roasted for 20. The parmesan gives just the right complimentary flavor to the fennel - don't skip the parmesan. I like less olive oil on my vegetables than most, so only used 2 tbls of oil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is absolutely wonderful. I just recently learned how great fennel is and I roasted some just the other night. I added 1/4 cup of chopped calamata olives and it was great! I'll be making the roasted fennel again & again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish is excellent! I loved it and so did my husband. This was my first time trying fennel, and I will make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this along with the pork loin roast from the same episode. Delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very flavorful and simple. Served to to family & friends and there were NO leftovers! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had never tried fennel before and I thought this might have been a good recipe to try it in. I was disappointed, it's very bland and just tastes like you roasted an onion. I would not recommend fennel by itself. I feel like you really need to pair it with meat or other veggies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was skeptical about fennel, but with the roasting, it turned out great. I thought red potatoes or asparagus would go nicely with this. Very good, item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with the Pork fig sauce and although the pork was also amazing, this dish was the favorite of the party. It is so simple and so rewarding. yum yum yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have always wanted to try fennel, however had no idea how to prepare it. This is so easy and so delish, its like candy for my husband and I. We fight for the leftovers! I would definitely recommend this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just make it! It is delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love the flavor and it's so quick and easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this several times, and it's always a hit. Even my toddlers like it! It's a great side. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is SO easy and SO delicious. I made it to have along side roasted pork and it was a match made in heavan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i only made this because giada made it look so great!!! i made this along with the pork with port and figs (she made it in the episode together) and it turned out so great, i've never been a fan of pork and have never eaten fennel and they both rocked! the only thing is is that to serve them both at the same time you definately need 2 oven's since they take about the same time to cook. It was super easy and not too many weird ingredients which makes it alot cheaper to make. Drink with a pinot and your good. this will swoon anyone into your arms! i think this may be the new turkey and cranberry(since the sauce is a touch sweet) item not reviewed by moderator and published
WHAT AN EASY AND DELICIOUS WAY TO CHANGE FROM THE TYPICAL FOODS WE SERVE item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mmmm--I had never made fennel--didn't even know which one it was at the grocery until I saw it on the show. This is realy good--love the crispy/salty parm with the anise flavor. Not strong at all! Try this--it is SO easy and a wonderful change of pace. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had never eaten fennel before and was very pleased with this simple dish! yum,,,,sounds like more on the way soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am always searching for vegetable dishes that are outside the norm (I've eaten one too many green bean casseroles!) and this is wonderfully different, not to mention delicious and easy to prepare. My mother-in-law made beef tenderloin for our holiday dinner, and this was the perfect accompaniment. Leftovers were fantastic after being pan-fried and heated through. A perfect vegetable dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was sooo easy to make. I made this with Giada's Salmon in Lemon Brodetto with Pea Puree. Everybody loved it. Even my brother, who doesn't like fennel. He actually asked for seconds, but there weren't any!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a large bunch of broccoli on hand (which regretfully is my least favorite COOKED veggie, and I love good food). So I decided to incorporate it into the roasted fennel dish. Wow, was it fantastic. A great combination of hearty veggies which complimented each other so well when roasted. I was really pleased with the outcome. I now have a new side dish which is SO easy to prepare. Oh I almost forgot, I also added a few thinly sliced shallots. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really do not care for fennel but this was uite good and my husband, who is a fennel lover was crazy about it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a big fan of fennel but this dish was delicious. Roasting it took off some of the licorice edge, making it smooth and mellow. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like my daughter, I too am a picky eater. Just recently I thought I would make a new years resolution to eat healthier and be a better example to my 3 year old daughter. I wanted to try a vegetable I haven't tried before and this one looked easy enough to prepare. This recipe exceeded my expectations and when my daughter saw me eating it, she asked for a bite. She ended up eating almost two servings worth and told me it was very yummy and her favorite. This dish is something that I will surely make again and again. Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The fennel takes on a mellow new flavour and the crispness of the parmesan adds a nice touch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is not only so easy to make, it is delicious too! A big hit at my party. Nana loved it. I only cooked it for 20-25 minutes. Came out perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is an easy and great extra taste to add to a meal item not reviewed by moderator and published
I do not like licorice but love fennel. I have fixed this numerous times since finding this recipe and we love it. Some times I will added sliced sweet onions and roast with the fennel. This is definitely a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first time I cooked fennel, normaly I make a cold salad, it was excellent, my husband loved it :)and it was easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! I have passed the grocery veggie isle so many times, wondering what this vegetable was! Yet alone, how to cook with fennel! This dish is awesome! I felt like I a gourmet chef! My husband went nuts over this dish. And I took it a step further with the leftovers...I made grilled Dubliner cheese sandwiches. Since the roasted parmesan and fennel dish is very flavorful and salty (for my taste)... I use the Dubliner... I am a cheddar buff, and this cheese has an understated cheddar flavor sweetened with a berry flavor. Put the roasted fennel and parmesan and Dubliner cheese together... butter your bread and "grill" it; and you will have another tastebud trip to the moon and back! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great recipe. you can skip the parmesan and make it even easier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is outstanding item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great. I add a little garlic to it and yum yum. Great to mix in with left over rice too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
simple and tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only thing I changed was to make my slices a little bigger. Tnanks , we really enjoed them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipes cant get any easier than this! Fast, easy and it tastes wonderful ~ Thanks again Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never been a huge fan of fennel, mainly because I had only had it raw in salads...Well, this was absolutely delicious- the fennel, roasted, has this incredible, buttery, nutty, mellow flavor that went perfect with the roasted pork loin. And, best of all it was EASY!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and outstanding! Very tasty and one I will make again. Thank you Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never eaten or cooked fennel. I tried this recipe and WOW. Not only did I like it but my picky husband practically licked the plate! Another great recipe to save and use again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This will definitely be a repeated recipe in this household. Loved it and it was so easy to prepare. Make sure you cut the bottom off of the fennel as it is tough, even after 45 minutes in the oven. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was good, but I could only eat so much of it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had never had fennel before and am not in love with the taste of black licorice either. But, when I saw her prepare this dish, I sware, I could taste it and now I'm hooked. So easy to make and what a wonderful sweet flavor. YUMMY!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a pleasant enough tasting dish. Me and my husband had never tried fennel (anise) before, and we were both skeptical. It tasted a little like a blend of brocolli stalks and celery - with a hint of licorice. The longer it cooked, the softer and sweeter it was. But it took a long time to roast in the oven - about 50 minutes. There are other vegetables out there with similar flavors that can be prepared in much less time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never cooked fennel prior to this recipe. It is so good and diferent for a change. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this entire meal looked phenomenal on the show, so I cooked it for the family on xmas. 11 of us total. Made the full meal - Roasted Pork w/ Fig and Port Sauce, Roasted Fennel, and Roasted Pears - and also served a boxed rice pilaf and some par-boiled haricot verts in a basic vinagrette. I knew it would be a delicious dinner, and I knew everyone would be hesitant to try the fennel. Virtually everyone at the table (including myself) dislikes the anise flavor of fennel. We're a big eating crew, but this was one of the rare tough sells. However, I've always found that fennel becomes sweet and delicious when cooked in soups and stews, so I had a strong suspicion this dish would be a knockout. The challenge would just be getting people to try. Of course it turned out to be the hit of the party. I mean DELICIOUS! My mom (very skeptical) and brother (one of the few non-skeptics) tasted as it came out of the oven and both raved, so that helped. But my cousin and sister really needed convincing. There was pratically yelling and screaming involved. But suffice it to say, both have commented to me multiple times since how delicious it was. The pork was also out of this world. Perfectly cooked, crusty on the outside, unbelievably flavorful from the oil/s&p/rosemary rub, and just the natural flavor of the meat. The jus from the meat was so delicious that the port/fig sauce was almost unneccesary. But was an incredible complement nonetheless. I have to say this was the best overall dinner I've ever made. Everyone was legitimately blown away. I absolutely love how/what Giada cooks. Oh, and she's GORGEOUS! She's the only television cook who's specific dishes I've frequently cooked. I'm so glad she's on the air, as I'd turned away from The Food Network in recent years as the focus went away from actual cooking shoes. Love ya Giada!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was hesitant to try this because I absolutely loathe licorice. I was pleasantly surprised and how well it turned out. The licorice flavoring was significantly reduced by the cooking, the fennel was tender, and the cheese topped it perfectly. And so easy to prepare, to boot! item not reviewed by moderator and published
be ready for the taste of fennel which takes some getting used to item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves iceburg lettuce. This is a great & tasty new way to serve it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had never tried Fennel before, but it looked great when I saw this show, and turned out great when I made it. It is extremely easy, and offers a different vegetable option that compliments all sorts of meat, poultry, and fish! The fresh grated parmesan really sets off the mild sweetness of the fennel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
made the roasted fennel and parmesan tonight. it was easy to prepare & had a great taste. hubby wasn't as crazy about it as i was though. would make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
That's exactly what this side dish is - Simple and Delicious. It is also elegant enough to add to any holiday meal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked this and so did my husband. I was a little hesitant because neither of us had fennel before. We are really glad we gave this a try. It was really easy to make as well. Thanks again, Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely delicious and super easy. It was a hit that will be repeated many times. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The fennel is very good and definately something different. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, different and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the first time I have ever tried fennel. It's got a very unusual taste. It really does have a licorice flavor. It was a good recipe, but I might try something a little different next time to incorporate more flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This came out really tender- it was a simple side dish with great flavor. This will become a favorite!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easty to prepare and tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 16 year old didn't eat much, but she doesn't eat much of anything. But my wife raved about this all night and made me promise to make it within a week. I thought it was a great and very easy dish to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love the taste. I will definitely add this to our regular vegtables. Very easy to prepare. item not reviewed by moderator and published
. . . because of the Parmesano Reggiano. Worth making again, though, on a slotted pan instead of a baking dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you like the eggplant, this is great. I soaked the eggplant rather than just salting it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and different. I liked it, but my husband did not. This is worth trying if you like licorice flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an awesome and yummy recipe!!! I thought fennel would taste like black licorice based on the smell...boy was I wrong. This recipe rocks!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We had never tasted fennel before. This is now our favorite vegetable dish! Everytime I am putting it in my cart at the grocery store, someone will come up and ask me what it is and what do you do with it? I always send them to this on-line recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this a few times- the first time for last Christmas' dinner. It was quite a hit and the parmesan added alot of flavor (i added a little extra to make it more gooey). item not reviewed by moderator and published
A really interesting side dish. I'll make it again. Great for company. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this menu one night for my family. My husband and I loved the fennel. It may be an acquired taste for some. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was super easy and oh so delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband & Daughter loved it so much that I cooked it twice in 1 week. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is good, however my husband didn't like the taste but I did.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
It worked well as a side dish for chicken parmesan. Easy. The kitchen smells great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So simple and great as a side dish to meat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one great recipe-- very very easy, and a great one to make if you are preparing it alongside the pork loin (or another somewhat-complicated recipe). Highly, highly recommended! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I served this with rack of lamb, which complemented the meal nicely. I actually made the fennel on top of the range with a little chicken broth/olive oil to braise and then carmelize. You end up with some different textures in the dish that way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you've never tried fennel before, then this is the recipe to try. It smells wonderful and its extremely easy to prepare. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for the holidays and it was absolutely delish. Everyone really enjoyed it! A new veggie is always good to find, so this one is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you skip the parm, it is no longer the same recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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