Penne With Brussels Sprouts and Crisp Bacon

Total Time
35mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

An unlikely pairing,but quick and tasty.

Ingredients Nutrition

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.

Reviews

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Most Helpful

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.

Ilysse January 24, 2008

This got mixed ratings at our house. I liked it but hubby didn't. I followed the recipe as written other then I didn't add the optional pine nuts. I thought it was a tasty different side dish (so I rated on my liking not his LOL)

bmcnichol March 18, 2008

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