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Pasta, Bacon & Brussels Sprouts
California

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4 pasta  
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30 min  
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This recipe is absurdly simplistic, but with flavors like these, who needs complexity? This dish will serve equally well as a pasta course, a side dish, or a light main dish for two. It's one of my favorite ways to use Brussels sprouts because they'll be fresh, tasty, and never overcooked. I sometimes make this using frozen peas (always on hand) instead of Brussels Sprouts.






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Brussels Sprouts
Bacon, smoked (1)
Pasta (2)
Salt
Pepper
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Romano Cheese
Prep   -   (10 min)
  1. Trim BRUSSELS SPROUTS stems and peel off yellowed leaves. Cut in half lengthwise, or quarters if very large.
  2. Cut BACON into pieces about 1/2 inch on a side - the thicker the better.
  3. Grate ROMANO for garnish.
Run   -   (20 min)
  1. Bring plenty of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Cook the Brussels Sprouts for 3-1/2 to 4 minutes, depending on size. Do not overcook! Scoop them out and refresh with cold water.
  2. In an iron skillet fry Bacon over very low heat until just starting to get crisp. Time it so it's done about when the pasta is done.
  3. Meanwhile:   cook PASTA the usual way in the same water the brussels sprouts were cooked in.
  4. When Pasta is done, stir in Brussels Sprouts over high heat, just long enough so they're heated through.
  5. Strain Pasta and pour back into the pot. Pour in the Bacon and its rendered fat. Season to taste with Salt and Pepper.
  6. Serve hot and pass Cheese for sprinkling.
NOTES:
  1. Bacon:   I keep on hand packages of "bacon ends and pieces", which are much better than sliced, even thick sliced, rashers. The only problem with ends and pieces is that sometimes they are too lean. I've also made this using smoked Hog Jowl, which is fattier than bacon, so I use a little more and pour off some of the fat.
  2. Pasta:   Any good quality pasta that's shape and size compatible with the Brussels Sprouts is fine. That shown is Penne Rigate.
  3. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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