May 3

Penne with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

I purchased brussel sprouts on a whim while out grocery shopping. We both enjoy eating them, and for whatever reason they looked really tasty when i had walked past them at the store. Fast forward a few days, and we realized we needed to cook them up before they turned and went bad. After some googling alongside other ingredients we had, we came across this recipe. It’s delicious! In fact, we both liked it so much, we actually made it a second time only a few days later.

Well don’t let me hold you back. Here’s the recipe… Go get started cooking!

Penne with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients
  

  • Sea salt
  • 8 ounces penne
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil more for drizzling
  • 4-6 slices Bacon, thick cut diced
  • 1 large rosemary sprig or 1 tbsp dried
  • 3-6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeño or Serrano chile thinly sliced (or substitute 1-2 large pinch crushed red pepper flakes)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces brussels sprouts thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • Fresh lemon juice for serving
  • Parmesan cheese, grated optional (or pecorino cheese)

Instructions
 

  • Bring large pot heavily salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until pasta is just al dente (do not overcook).
  • Meanwhile, heat large sauté pan over high heat and add the olive oil. When oil is hot, add the pancetta and rosemary, and sauté until the fat on the bacon starts to turn translucent and very lightly brown, about 1 minute.
  • Add the garlic, chile 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 sauté for another minute.
  • 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 a drizzle of oil and lemon juice, and a little cheese if you like.

Notes

We find leftovers of this store well adding lemon juice before going into the fridge, and later adding a little butter to it when reheating, adding the cheese topping after reheating.
Original recipe: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1014359-penne-with-brussels-sprouts-chile-and-pancetta
Keyword Bacon, Brussel Sprouts, Pasta, Penne
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December 1

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

These are fucking delicious! They are one of Traci’s favorite, and when ever I make them she reminds me about 20 times an hour about how much she likes them. They’re so good, that we have to make them with the large 2 pound Costco bag of them if we want to have any leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. Sometimes, instead of having them as a side dish, we just make them to have as out main course.

The way the flavor of the maple melds with the bacon and caramelizes the brussel sprouts, mmmmm… Sorry, let me wipe this drool off my face. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pound Brussels sprouts trimmed
  • 1/2 cup Avocado oil or oil of choice
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 8 slices bacon cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Prep brussel sprouts by trimming the bottom off.
    Depending on their size, cut them in to halves or quarters, and toss into a large bowl
  • Drizzle with the oil and maple syrup; stirring to coat them all
  • Place Brussels sprouts in a single layer in a baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with bacon; season with salt and black pepper.
    (Pro tip: Grab the bag of bacon crumbles from Costco to make your life easy!)
  • Roast in the preheated oven until bacon is crispy and Brussels sprouts are caramelized, 45 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Notes

This recipe scales really easily.
Original recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/228875/maple-roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-bacon/
Keyword Bacon, Brussel Sprouts, Maple Syrup
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