2 fennel bulbs, halved lengthways and sliced, fronds reserved to serve
1l low-salt chicken stock
100g macaroni (or another small pasta)
100g frozen peas
2 tbsp pesto, to serve
crusty bread, to serve
Dry-fry the lardons for 7-10 mins or until they begin to release their oils. Add the spring onions and cook gently for 5 mins or until softened, then add the garlic and fennel seeds, and cook for a few mins more. Add the fennel, cook for a few mins, then pour in the stock and 500ml water.
Simmer for 5 mins, then drop in the pasta and bring to the boil. Cook the pasta following pack instructions, then tip in the peas, cook for 2 mins more and season to taste. Divide between two bowls and top each with a dollop of pesto and some fennel fronds. Serve with crusty bread.