Spaghetti with Fennel Pollen, Orange, Garlic, and Mint

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

This pasta dish can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. Written here, it's a celebration of spaghetti at its most simple. If you want to jazz it up, try some finely crumbled sausage, charred corn, or a bit of chopped spring onion or leek.

Spaghetti with Fennel Pollen, Orange, Garlic, and Mint

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4 to 6
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:30 minutes
This recipe appears in: Spice Hunting: Fennel Pollen


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 20 to 30 mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel pollen
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice, if desired


  1. 1

    Bring 3 quarts of water to boil in a large pot with 1/4 cup kosher salt and cook spaghetti until tender but still firm. Stir occasionally, especially when first adding spaghetti.

  2. 2

    While spaghetti boils, melt butter over medium-low heat in a wide skillet. When butter is melted, add garlic and cook for one minute.

  3. 3

    When spaghetti is done, strain from pot and add to skillet along with olive oil, orange zest, mint, and fennel pollen. Stir until pasta is thoroughly coated with oil and is highly fragrant. Add salt to taste and lemon juice, if desired. Serve immediately.


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