Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and cut into strips.
While bell pepper broils, bring 10 cups water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add carrots and onions; cook 2 minutes. Add peas; cook 2 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain. Remove carrot skins by rubbing gently with a clean, dry paper towel. Remove stem ends from onions; peel.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, and swirl to coat. Add onions, mushrooms, and fennel; sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt; reduce heat to medium, and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper, carrots, and vinegar; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.
Cook pasta in boiling water 2 minutes; drain. Combine pasta, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, fennel mixture, capers, and crushed red pepper in a large bowl; toss to combine. Add mozzarella; sprinkle with thyme.
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A pretty complicated recipe with a complex combination of unique flavors resulting in a so-so product. Not worth the effort. Was unclear on how to cut fennel, cook pearl onions and prep lasagna strips. Abandonned Lasagna strip effort and cooked up some linguini.
This may be a little fussy to make, but we loved the result! The variety of fresh vegies is wonderful, and we liked the little bit of tang from the vinegar, and kick from the cayenne. I made it as written, except for cutting the oil by a couple of Tbls, and grating just a little fresh parmesan on top. Healthy comfort food and a great meal-all-in-one.