Spaghetti with Spicy Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
Bacon makes everything better. It’s true. At least in my world. Pairing bacon with Brussels Sprouts and pasta well that was inevitable in my house. Sadly, Brussels Sprouts tend to get a bad wrap. If I was a betting girl, I’d bet that those people planted firmly in the dislike camp were served Brussels sprouts at one point in their life that were boiled to a soggy sphere state. Which is GROSS.
I’ve had them that way (thanks Mom) and until I started roasting and sauteing them I was also stubbornly planted in the dislike camp. I’ve since proudly defected and am in the bring on the Brussels camp. Roasting and sauteing is the way to go. Adding all that to pasta and give it a zip of zest and a sprinkling of spice well it’s just really really nice.
Y’all know I love my pasta. While I adore all cuts of pasta, there’s something special about being able to twirl sumptuous strands of spaghetti around a fork that get’s me going. We’ve used Dreamfields spaghetti for this dish. Did you know that Dreamfields pasta is made using durum wheat grown by over 1,000 American farmers? Sure is.
It’s also authentic pasta with 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving – 2.5 times more than traditional pasta. Healthy pasta that tastes like traditional pasta. Sign me up.
To keep things on the healthy side around our house, I try to add as many veggies as I can to our meals (including those with pasta). Which brings us back to the beautiful Brussels for this dish. Brussels are easy to shave. You can do that with a food processor (which let’s be honest you’ll have to clean afterwards and you know how much I hate cleaning), you can slice them with a knife OR you can buy them already shaved. Ding. Ding. Ding. Options there you go.
Did I mention you can have this dish on the table in less than 30 minutes?
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What You Will Need:
- 1 pound Dreamfields Spaghetti
- kosher salt/pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 slices bacon - diced
- 2 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
- 9 ounces shaved brussels sprouts
- zest 1 lemon
- lemon olive oil to drizzle - optional
What To Do:
- Place a large pot of salted water onto boil. When boiling, add spaghetti and cook until just shy of al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water prior to draining. Drain. Set aside.
- WHILE pasta is cooking, into a large saute pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, remove from pan. Set bacon aside.
- To pan add garlic, chili pepper. Stir and cook for approximately 1 minute. Add Brussels sprouts and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup of pasta water. Cook until brussels have softened. Stirring as necessary.
- Add drained pasta to saute pan. Toss to coat. Return bacon to pan. Garnish with drizzle of lemon oil if desired.