Penne With Brussels Sprouts and Crisp Bacon

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by quotFoodThe Way To

An unlikely pairing,but quick and tasty.

Top Review by Ilysse

Yum! Thats what everyone said, even the picky 6 year old. I cut the brussels sprouts into quarters as they were a bit on the large side. I also used pancetta rather than bacon (8 thin slices) and 16 oz of pasta but left the cream sauce amounts alone and I think it was the perfect amount. Don't panic if the sauce doesn't seem to thicken enough in the pot. It gets to a cream or condenced milk consistency then when you pour it over the pasta it thickens more from the starch in the pasta and coats the pasta perfectly. I also added all the cheese in at once rather than in stages, a goof, but it worked fine. I somehow managed to get everything ready at the same time and used 2 pots and 1 pan, it wasn't as crazy as I feared LOL. This goes into the tried and true book and I think I'll send it to my mom who loves brussels sprouts. Thanks for posting this great recipe. Update: Family still loves this but I wanted to add that I've used broccoli, turkey bacon and skim milk with good results.

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Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well.
  2. Trim Brussels Sprouts, discarding the tough outer leaves and trimming off about 1/4-inch from stems. **Don't trim too much from the stems, or the sprouts will fall apart.
  3. Steam Brussels Sprouts, covered, 7 minutes or until tender;drain and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 teaspoons drippings in pan; crumble bacon and set aside.
  5. Add Brussels Sprouts to the bacon drippings in pan; saute 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Stir in cooked pasta; cover mixture and keep warm.
  7. Combine milk, flour, and broth, stirring well with a whisk.
  8. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  9. Gradually add milk mixture; stirring constantly with a whisk until well blended.
  10. Cook for 6 minutes or until thickened; stir in 1/4 cup cheese, stirring cheese until melted.
  11. Pour sauce over pasta mixture, tossing to coat.
  12. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, nuts, bacon, and pepper; Serve immediately.

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