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Creamy Brussels Sprouts Pasta {With Bacon!}

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This Creamy Brussels Sprouts Pasta is an easy weeknight dinner. It has a delicious creamy parmesan sauce, lemony brussels sprouts and bacon!

Two bowls of creamy brussels sprouts pasta garnished with a little bowl of chili flakes places beside them.

Ingredients and substitutions

  • Olive oil – use any neutral cooking oil such as avocado or canola oil.
  • Brussels sprouts – the brussels sprouts are the star of this pasta, but you can also trying making this dish with broccoli or another vegetable.
  • Garlic – freshly minced garlic is best but jarred minced garlic will work in a pinch.
  • Salt & pepper – to taste.
  • Lemon – juice half a lemon or use 2 tbsp. lemon juice if you don’t have any fresh lemons on hand.
  • Chili flakes – red pepper flakes would also work well here.
  • Turkey bacon – regular bacon can be used, just keep in mind it will increase the calorie count.
  • Linguine – swap out for another pasta variety of your choice such as fettucine.
  • Heavy cream – you can use half-and-half or a dairy-free alternative, but the pasta won’t be as creamy.
  • Parmesan cheese – nutritional yeast is a great dairy-free substitute for parmesan.
Ingredients for creamy brussels sprouts pasta: bacon, pasta, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, brussels sprouts, chili flakes, lemon and parmesan cheese.

How to make brussels sprouts pasta

  1. Prep your ingredients.
  2. Cook the linguine.
  3. Sauté the brussels sprouts.
  4. Cook the turkey bacon.
  5. Make the sauce.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Step-by-step instructions collage for making creamy brussels sprouts pasta: assemble ingredients, cook pasta, cook brussels sprouts, cook bacon, toss everything together, garnish with parmesan cheese and chili flakes.

Are brussels sprouts good for you?

Yes! Brussels sprouts are super healthy and packed full of nutrients including:

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  • Vitamin A
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C

They’re also high in fibre which helps promote digestive health and are rich in antioxidants. Adding them to your pasta is a great way to sneak some healthy veggies into a delicious and indulgent dish!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do brussels sprouts pair well with?

I love pairing the nutty and slightly sweet flavour of brussels sprouts with the creamy parmesan sauce in this pasta dish. Plus, the lemony garlic seasoning you sauté the brussels sprouts with adds the perfect amount of zest!

Do you need to soak them before cooking?

Nope! There’s no need to soak the brussels sprouts before cooking them. Just make sure they’re thinly shaved or sliced and then sauté them in some olive oil before adding in the garlic, lemon juice and chili flakes.

How many calories are in this recipe?

This brussels sprouts pasta recipe has 610 calories per serving. It’s definitely an indulgent dish but you’re still getting some healthy nutrients in thanks to the brussels sprouts! If you want to cut down on the calorie count a bit, try using half-and-half instead of heavy cream.

A close-up of a bowl of creamy brussels sprouts pasta with bacon.

Storing and reheating

I seriously doubt you’ll have any leftovers of this yummy pasta, but if you do, you can store individual serving sizes in the fridge for up to 5 days in airtight glass containers or meal prep bowls. When you’re ready to enjoy, sprinkle some water over top then microwave for 2-3 minutes or reheat in a pot on the stovetop over medium heat. Garnish with some fresh parmesan and dig in!

Freezing this recipe

I wouldn’t recommend freezing this brussels sprouts pasta, since it has a cream-based sauce which won’t defrost well. Instead, I recommend making this pasta fresh.

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Two bowls of creamy brussels sprouts pasta garnished with a little bowl of chili flakes places beside them.

Creamy Brussels Sprouts Pasta {With Bacon!}

This Creamy Brussels Sprouts Pasta is an easy weeknight dinner. It has a delicious creamy parmesan sauce, lemony brussels sprouts and bacon!

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Italian

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 610kcal

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water. Add pasta, cooking for 9-10 minutes until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water, then drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add brussels sprouts, sauteeing for about 5 minutes until tender. Add garlic, lemon juice and chili flakes, sauteeing another 30 seconds until fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • While brussels sprouts are cooking, cook bacon in a pan over medium-high heat until cooked through. Turkey bacon will take about 5 minutes, pork bacon will take 5-10 minutes. Let bacon cool then chop into small pieces.
  • Add pasta back to the empty pot over medium-high heat, then add the reserved pasta water, brussels sprouts, heavy cream and parmesan cheese, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Divide among pasta bowls, topping with bacon and more parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional info is for the recipe using turkey bacon; pork bacon will add on about 40 more calories per serving.
To cut down on the calorie count slightly, you can swap out the heavy cream for half-and-half. Just keep in mind that the pasta won’t be as creamy.
Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or in a pot on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 701mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 916IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 3mg

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