Roasting fennel heightens its natural sweet flavor and leaves just a subtle hint of the enticing licorice flavor for which it is known.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a large baking sheet.
- In a large bowl combine the fennel, oil, salt, and pepper; toss well to coat. Arrange fennel on prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Roast until the fennel is tender and browned, turning once, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.