Monday, March 28, 2011

Pasta with Brussels Sprouts and Chicken Sausage

When I lived alone, I could easily make a meal out of some roasted Brussels sprouts and a small piece of chicken or fish....Heck, I'd be happy with just the sprouts!

But in the interest of pleasant cohabitation, I know that this is no longer an acceptable dinner unless Rafe has a class. You see, Rafe is *gasp* one of the few people I know who doesn't LOVE Brussels sprouts. He will tolerate them, but they're not his favorite, and a solitary bowl of Brussels would not satisfy his dinnertime appetite.

Pantry staples to the rescue!
Using some ingredients we already had, I was able to create a hearty and filling dinner using Brussels sprouts as my inspiration.

First, I put a big pot of water on to boil for pasta, and prepped my ingredients: slicing Brussels into thin shreds, chopping onion and garlic, and slicing sausages.

Then I moved to caramelizing the onion in a generous pat of butter. Toward the end of cooking I added the clove of garlic.  Once the aromatics were done cooking, I added two chopped chicken sausages to the pan to brown.

Once the sausage was browned, I added the chopped Brussels, a little lemon zest, and about a half cup of chicken stock for moisture. I tossed the mixture with some pipette - which I highly encourage you to try - its a rather fun shape!

Topped with Parmesan cheese this was a delicious and hearty pasta supper. The onions provided sweetness, while the lemon zest provided some juicy acid. The sprouts were both sweet and bitter but still retained a little crunch. 

Rafe even had seconds....Brussels sprouts and all.

Do you ever 'hide' food from your dining companions when you know they aren't fans?

13 comments:

  1. Delicious! I love every, single ingredient!

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  2. OMG. That's what I had for lunch today... minus the onions... and I used my maple-dijon dressing as the sauce. I had some garlic and roasted red pepper chicken sausages that I threw in.

    Let's just say I didn't tell Jeff there was any yogurt in that grapefruit cake. :)

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  3. that sounds so fantastic! i hid leafy green EVERYWHERE. The names chard and kale scare people, so I just trust they think it's lettuce :)

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  4. It is a fun pasta shape. When I was in Italy, for some reason we had it a lot. I don't think I've ever done brussels sprouts with pasta. Will have to try.

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  5. Bret isn't a big fan of beans, tofu, or Brussels sprouts but I sneak them into stir-fries or add bacon...and usually he'll enjoy them!

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  6. This is sort of unrelated, but that looks like a great pasta shape for mac and cheese... #justsayin'

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  7. I love brussels sprouts and I'd be happy not to have to share them wuth my hubby! But, he loves them too.

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  8. I actually got my hubby into Brussels sprouts - just roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper. I think he was used to sprouts being boiled to death by his mother.

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  9. I've been falling in love with Brussels sprouts, and this looks like a great way to incorporate them into a delish meal!

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  10. that pasta shape does look so fun! the meal as a whole sounds delicious. creative way to get rafe to eat b sprouts!

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  11. Yum! Chris doesn't like brussels sprouts either, but I'm pretty sure he'd like this!! :)

    Sues

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  12. Some of my most favorite ingredients, all in one dish. Genius!

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