Roasted Brussels Sprout Carbonara

Roasted Brussels Sprout Carbonara
The other day I noticed some brussels sprouts looking rather lonely in the grocery store and that made me realize that with winter coming to an end they would be disappearing soon. Brussels sprouts have to be one of my favourite winter vegetables and despite the fact that I really had not done much with them this winter I always have plenty of ideas with how to enjoy them including this carbonara pasta. Carbonara pasta is an Italian pasta dish that consists of egg yolk, cheese, bacon and plenty of fresh cracked black pepper and I always enjoy throwing a seasonal vegetable like brussels sprouts in the mix to keep things new and interesting and to make it a bit healthier. Although you could steam the brussels sprouts, I prefer to roast them to bring out their flavour and they go perfectly well with the bacon in the creamy egg yolk and cheese carabonara sauce! On of the great things about this pasta is how quick and easy it is to make, taking only as long as it takes to roast the brussels sprouts to pull together making it a great light meal for a weeknight.

Roasted Brussels Sprout Carbonara
Tip: Save some of the water that the pasta cooked in to add the sauce to make it creamier and to help it cling to the pasta better.

Roasted Brussels Sprout Carbonara
Serve the brussels sprout carbonara pasta with extra grated parmesan or pecorino cheese and plenty of fresh cracked black pepper for garnish!

Roasted Brussels Sprout Carbonara

Roasted Brussels Sprout Carbonara

Roasted Brussels Sprout Carbonara

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 2

A winter version of carbonara pasta with roasted brussels sprouts and bacon.

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound pasta (gluten free for gluten free)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup pecorino romano or parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  1. Toss the brussels sprouts in the olive oil along with the salt and pepper, spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 425F/220C oven until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes, flipping half way through.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and cook the pasta as directed on package.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a pan, pour off all but a tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pan, turn off the heat and add the garlic.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the egg yolk, heavy cream and cheese in a bowl.
  5. Drain the cooked pasta reserving some of the water.
  6. Mix the pasta, egg yolk mixture and brussels sprouts into the bacon in the pan, adding pasta water as needed and season with pepper to taste.

Note: The heat from the pan, the hot pasta and roasted brussels sprouts is what is 'cooking' the egg yolk in the sauce but you don't want things to be too hot and end up with a scrambled egg yolk sauce.



What a fantastic and unique pasta dish!

Tieghan said...

I love everything about this pasta!

Maria said...

Love the sprouts in there!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch said...

Love this idea! Brussels Sprouts are a great addition to this wonderful pasta dish!

marla said...

Now this is a fun twist on carbonara ~ nice way to use brussels sprouts!

Monet said...

I love brussels sprouts, and I'm always looking for new pasta recipes. This looks delicious, my friend. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...

Oh you're kidding me. I'm withering away.

Aimee @ Simple Bites said...

Did someone say bacon? ;) Love this fresh take on a classic, Kevin. It's going on the menu this week.

Jenny said...

Oooo, this looks amazing Kevin! Loving the brussels!

naomi said...

great as always, kevin!

Anonymous said...

Lovin all that bacon!

oemskin said...

I could go for some of that for dinner tonight!

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suzieQ said...

Kevin, this sounds so good and I am starving!

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious! Also instead of 2 egg yolks and 2 tbsp heavy cream, you can use 2 whole eggs. (And pancetta is always a good substitute for or addition to bacon.) Yum!

Jenn said...

Oh my heck, I am so making this. I recently discovered brussels sprouts and I can't get enough.

Yvonne @ bitter baker said...

This looks amazing! I love your twist on a traditional dish. Got it bookmarked and ready to go :)

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

This looks so delicious! I've never been a fan of brussel sprouts, but this may change my mind!

Matgalen said...

Brussel sprouts are so underrated, great recipe!

Fed Up and Drunk said...

Hello from the UK! Such a lovely blog you have!! :)

Sarah Beth said...

Carbonara is my favorite pasta dish...never have I thought to add brussel sprouts. Sounds amazing! I'll definitely have to try this one!

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight and it everyone thought it was fantastic!!! Thank you so much! This is now apart of the rotation.

Julia | said...

Brussels Sprouts in Pasta Carbonara? Fantastic! Pinning it!

Culinary Cory said...

What a creative way of using Brussels sprouts. Nice idea.

Kim @ Kim's Healthy Eats said...

That looks fantastic! What a great combination!

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