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Rigatoni with sausage and brussel sprouts

Is it Brussels Sprouts or Brussel Sprouts?

In any event, I never ate them growing up – and I was forced to eat a lot of things.  I think my mom had a mental block against them.  Well, now they’re everywhere.  The first time I had them I was at a BBQ place with my husband and some of his friends and his buddy Alex insisted I try a deep-fried brussel sprout.  It was amazing and from then on I was hooked.  I love them roasted in the oven with just a little olive oil and salt and pepper, and even more sauteed in a pan with bacon and finished with balsamic vinegar.  Trader Joe’s also sells this stuff called ‘Cruciferous Crunch’ that is a mix of broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and kale all shredded that is amazing roasted in the oven.

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Tonight, I felt like pasta, and brussel sprouts.  And sausage.

I’ve made a pretty common Italian dish with orecchiette, sausage and broccoli rabe that you can find in lots of great Italian restaurants in my area of Long Island.  I like broccoli rabe but it is very bitter and my husband isn’t the biggest fan.  So tonight, I subbed brussel sprouts for the broccoli rabe and rigatoni for the orecchiette.  It was so awesome and done in 30 minutes.  My kind of meal.

Sub any kind of pasta you like for the rigatoni.  (orecchiette, penne, etc)

Sub any kind of hearty green veg for the brussel sprouts.  (broccoli, broccoli rabe, etc)

Sub chicken sausage for the pork sausage if you’re trying to be more healthy.

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Rigatoni with Sausage and Brussel Sprouts

1/2 pound of rigatoni

1 bag or 1 stalk of Brussel Sprouts (about 1 lb)

1/2 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 pound italian sausage

1 cup white wine

1 cup vegetable or chicken broth

salt and pepper

red pepper flakes (optional)

1 tbs olive oil

shredded or grated parm cheese

 

1. Cook pasta according to directions

2. Crumble sausage and sauté in olive oil until browned (2-3 mins)

3. Add brussel sprouts, salt and pepper and brown (2-3 mins)

4. Add onion and garlic and sauté another 2 mins

5. Add white wine and chicken broth and simmer for 3-4 mins

6. Add red pepper flakes and combine with pasta

7. Top with shredded parm cheese and enjoy!

 

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