Two of my favorite ingredients, bacon and Brussels sprouts, all wrapped up in one hearty pasta dish - yum!& I originally saw this recipe in the New York Times and couldn't wait to try it. It seemed like the perfect comforting dish to start the week and give us something to look forward to after a long Monday.
To lighten things up, I decided to use less pasta (the original recipe used a pretty large serving), but kept the same amount of veggies to pack in some extra nutrients. I also used bacon instead of pancetta, draining off most of the fat, and added some vegetable broth to create more of a sauce. We absolutely loved it and will definitely be adding it to the rotation for dinners.
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Lemon Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Pasta
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- 8 oz. high fiber pasta
- 4 U slices bacon
- 6 U garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 8 oz. Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 U lemon
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Add the bacon to a skillet and cook until crispy. Remove bacon and all but 1 tbsp. bacon drippings.
Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute. Add the Brussels sprouts and stir. Press down and cook for 3-4 minutes until beginning to brown. Stir and press down and cook for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.
Add the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Stir in the butter, lemon juice, and pasta. Top with crumbled bacon and Parmesan cheese.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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