Pasta with Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Hands-down my favorite meal right now. I crave it. I make it. We devour it. Lather, rinse, repeat. Can Not Get Enough.

Here is my version of THIS recipe:


I altered the ingredients slightly to make it quick and easy. I don’t always have pancetta or a jalapeno on hand…but I almost always have bacon and red pepper flakes.

Sea salt

8 ounces penne

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling

3 or 4 slices of center cut bacon

1 large rosemary sprig

1 heaping teaspoon of chopped garlic

Generous sprinkling of red pepper flakes

Freshly ground black pepper

8 ounces brussels sprouts, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons butter

Fresh squeeze of lemon

Parmesan cheese


1. Bring large pot heavily salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until pasta is just al dente. Do not overcook…repeat, DO NOT OVERCOOK.

2. Meanwhile, heat large sauté pan over high heat and add the olive oil. When oil is hot, add the bacon and rosemary, and sauté until the fat on the bacon starts to turn translucent and very lightly brown, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and freshly ground black pepper to taste, and sauté until garlic and bacon turn richly brown, about 3 minutes. Add the brussels sprouts, a large pinch of salt and a splash of water to pan, and sauté until sprouts just start to soften, about 2 minutes. Spread sprouts mixture in pan and press down to flatten. Let it sear for a minute, then stir it up and repeat. This helps brown the sprouts. Add the butter and squeeze half a lemon over the dish, sauté for another minute.

3. Drain penne and add it to pan with brussels sprouts mixture. Cook, tossing, until everything is well mixed. Spoon into pasta bowls and top with parmesan cheese.

One quick note:

Read the recipe! I stumbled on the recipe from Domestic Reflections and in the half-dozen times I’ve made this recipe the last couple months, I never caught that the brussel sprouts should be slices thinly! Duh! They can’t cook in three minutes, if they are only halved. I sliced them much thinner last night and they were delicious.



3 Responses to “Pasta with Brussel Sprouts and Bacon”

  1. 1 Libby May 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    This dish is heavy in our dinner rotation too. It’s delicious. It has bacon. It’s super easy. Can’t ask for much more than that. Thanks for always sharing your latest food discoveries with us. 😉

  1. 1 This and That | Blessings and Glory Trackback on May 22, 2013 at 7:04 am
  2. 2 I heart brussel sprouts and bacon. | Blessings and Glory Trackback on October 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

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