The shredded brussels in this recipe take on a much milder flavor and they are perfect in this creamy pasta!
I'm working on convincing my family that brussels sprouts are delicious. I love them and would eat them any which way. I figured that if they were shredded, Nick and the kids might take to them a little better. Plus I figured that carbonara would definitely win over their hearts...er, stomachs. I was glad to be right! Nick and the big kids did love this recipe. They actually didn't realize that it was brussels and were all pleasantly surprised and I think more willing to try brussels in the future because of this recipe. I think the shredded brussels pick up more flavor from other elements in the recipe and become a little less bitter. I personally don't mind their bitterness, but I think that was definitely one of the reasons this worked so well for the whole family.
What you need:
- 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- 2 eggs
- Salt and pepper
- 8 oz. spaghetti
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 large shallot
- 12 oz. brussels sprouts, trimmed
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- Whisk eggs in bowl and add salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Set aside.
- Slice brussels thinly with a knife, mandolin, or even through a food processor.
- Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and crispy, then remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Leave bacon fat in skillet.
- Add enough EVOO to skillet to bring the amount of fat up to 2 Tbsp.
- Add shallot and brussels. Salt and pepper to taste. Turn up heat to medium-high and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until brussels are tender and caramelized.
- Add minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute until fragrant.
- Add bacon back to skillet and remove from heat.
- While brussels are cooking, cook pasta in salted water to al dente. Reserve pasta water.
- Transfer cooked pasta to brussels mixture and toss.
- Then add eggs and stir with tongs to coat pasta evently. Add a little pasta water to loosen up and make the sauce smooth while tossing.
- Serve topped with additional Parmesan cheese.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast like this Veggie and Egg Hash that also features brussels. If you are new to brussels, I think the best way to try them is with cheese and bacon and this Cheesy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon recipe from Mom on Timeout has both cheese and bacon!
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