Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lemony Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Summery lemon-infused pasta is given an autumn twist with roasted Brussels sprouts.  Brussels sprouts are a member of the brassica family which includes cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale.  All brassicas need cool temperatures, something in short supply in Houston this year.  Brussels sprouts are the most challenging brassica to grow here because good, hard frosts are required to develop their flavor.  Our seedlings are in the ground, but with temperatures lingering n the 70's at the end of November, a meaningful harvest is far from certain.   

Lemony Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts
serves 4

Ingredients

1 1/2   lb              Brussels sprouts
12        oz            dried spaghetti
                            juice of 3 - 4 lemons
1         cup           olive oil
1 1/2   cup           aged Romano cheese, grated
                           sea salt and black pepper
1          tsp           lemon zest

Procedure
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Trim brussels sprouts and cut each in half.
  3. Toss sprouts in 1/3 cup olive oil, 2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper.
  4. Spread brussels sprouts, cut side down, on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in top third of oven until blackened on top and soft.
  6. Remove from oven and set aside.
  7. Cook pasta in salted water, then drain.
  8. Combine lemon juice with 2/3 cup olive oil.  Than add the cheese and mix until thick and creamy.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Combine pasta, Brussels sprouts and lemon sauce and toss well to coat.  Top with lemon zest and additional grated Romano.

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20 comments:

  1. Delish... I'm in love with the pictures you guys take!

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  2. Ooh I would so love this. Lemon + Romano + Brussels Sprouts = HEAVEN!

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  3. I am glad I checked out your page with all the intriguing ideas. Brussels sprouts are finally beginning to get their due in kitchens this year I believe. it is about time as versatile as they are, from pasta to soup to sides. The preserved eggplant is an awesome concept as well. Thanks.

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  4. Oh my! I Love brussels and pasta so this sounds fantastic!

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  5. I had never heard of so many people enjoying brussel sprouts until I joined the food blog world. I'm waiting for them to go on sale here so I can give them a try.

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  6. Lemon & Brussels sprouts are a marriage made in delicious-heaven! I love the simplicity of this dsih... Brilliant!

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  7. Wow! What a perfect combination! I need to make this asap.

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  8. This dish combines some of my favorite flavors! Great dish! And I love your photos!

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  9. So simple and timely for the season. Add it to my list of last minute pasta variations!

    Thanks!

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  10. I am such a noob at gardening, I had no idea that frost would bring out the flavors in brussels sprouts but I guess it makes sense! This dish is beautiful, I can only imagine how vibrant the flavors must be, the lemon would make a perfect contrast with the slight bitterness of the brussels sprouts. Beautiful pictures as always :)

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  11. mmmm, i love brussel sprouts. i didn't know that about them needing good chilly weather to develop flavor. i love reading those kinds of tips on your blog :)

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  12. I love the pairing of citrus flavors with the brussel sprouts! I'm jealous you have 70 degree weather! I'm planning a trip to Texas sometime in Feb just to escape the cold here!

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  13. This dish sounds delicious. We grow brussel sprouts in our garden, but usually our friendly little critters nibble the good stuff away so that all we're left with are big, beautiful, completely sproutless plants. This recipe will lead me to the store to buy some.

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  14. Yum! Right up my alley, and so simple!

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  15. Delightful! It seems so obvious to put lemon and brussel sprouts together but I'd not actually thought to do it before. Simple and effective :)

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  16. I must be crazy, as I loved brussels sprouts even when I was a kid! I've never had them with pasta, this looks great.

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  17. this sound fantastic, can't wait to try it. Sorry, I have to root for Alabama over Texas on Jan 7, have my loyality to the SEC.

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  18. This sounds really good- and I don't even like brussel sprouts.

    I love your creative use of vegetables. The flavors are so tempting!

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  19. I guess that's one advantage of living in NY; our brussel sprouts are so delicious this year. Just made another batch last night. This pasta looks delicious.

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