Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

Serve this as a side dish or over toast, either way it’s flavorful and satisfying.

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon 

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serves 4


  • 8 slice bacon, sliced cross wise into ½ pieces
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼‑inch-thick slices (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium red onion, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼‑inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)
  • 1 can (15 ½ ounces) white beans
  • 1 chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano, plus whole leaves for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened


Heat a large large, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook until almost crisp. Using a slotted spoon transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Discard all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add fennel and onion to the same pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and edges are brown, about 10 minutes.

Add beans, stock, chopped oregano, red pepper flakes, 1‑teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar and butter; remove from heat. Garnish with oregano leaves. Serve as a side dish or over toast as a rustic meal.