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Brussels Sprout Pasta
Servings: 4
Prep time: 20
Total time: minutes

I love cruciferous vegetables in all their forms, and I am also inordinately fond of pasta. This Brussels Sprout Pasta dish brings the two together in a sweetly delicious combo for a quick, tasty dinner. If you decide to use sage it will add a ‘meaty’ taste to the cabbage. Pine nuts will add richness and protein.

Preparation

 

1. Using a sharp knife or a mandolin, hold the sprouts by the stem, and slice thin.  Set aside.

 

2. Salt and boil water for the pasta. Add the pasta and cook for 1 minute less than directed on the packet. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water then drain. Set aside until ready to use.

3. Meanwhile, over a medium flame, dry toast the pine nuts in a wide skillet, tossing occasionally for even browning. Keep a close eye on them as they burn fast. Tip them into a bowl and set aside.

4. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Cook for a minute and add half the sage, if using. Once the garlic starts to brown, add the sprouts and some salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until browned and caramelized, about 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in the toasted pine nuts and the remaining sage.

5. Add the drained pasta to the sprouts, along with ¼ cup of reserved pasta water. Stir to mix well, adding a little more pasta water if too dry. Cook for a minute to heat the pasta through. Turn off the heat, and stir in the Parmesan cheese if using, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a grind of black pepper. Serve with extra cheese.

ann-tip

Ann’s Tips and Tricks

Most nuts are full of oil. You don’t need to add any extra when toasting them on the stovetop in a skillet. You do, however, need to keep a close eye on them to make sure they don’t burn, which they can do in a heartbeat.

Just omit the cheese for a dairy free dish.


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