I have been looking for a really good tomato sauce for pasta for some time and also something to do with fennel. I have used fennel seeds before but not a fennel bulb. I found this recipe for this sauce from the bbc good food website (Super Veg Pasta Recipe) and I am now hooked. It was a fabulous sauce on spaghetti, Pete had it over pork strips and I think with a bit more stock and a whizz with the stick blender it would make a great tomato soup. I thought the taste of the fennel would be strong, but it really just sweetened the sauce. Next time I am going to add maybe some courgettes or aubergine, but then that's me; I always end up mucking around with a recipe!! (Oh by the way I didn't roast the peppers, just softened them with the onion, fennel and carrot!, anything for an easier life!). As a new fan, I will definitely now be growing some fennel.