I rated this recipe "great" because it is a tasty, basic recipe that I can vary each time that I make it by changing the type and the amount of meat, the spices, the vegetables, etc. I added more vegetables. If I do that again, I would add more tomato to get more sauce. I liked the taste of fennel so I didn't find it too strong. Oregano would be a good substitute.
Whole-Wheat Fusilli with Beef Ragu
This chunky, full-bodied sauce is a good match for hearty whole-wheat pasta. We've augmented a little lean ground beef with mushrooms to get a rich, meaty sauce that has a minimum of saturated fat.