10 June, 2013

Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Roasted Brussels Sprouts



I love brussels sprouts. My favorite way to eat them is roasted. They'll stink up your house though beware. I found this recipe awhile back and saw it called for roasted brussels sprouts so I knew I had to try it. This is a pretty easy recipe and the ingredients are all things you can find at your local supermarket. Don't you hate when a recipe calls for some off the wall ingredient you've never heard of, so you head to the health food grocery store and spend $15 on it and use 1 teaspoon of it and are stuck with the ingredient sitting in your cabinet never to be used again? 
Yah, me too.
Anyways here's the recipe:


Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

* 1 lb fresh brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and browned outer leaves removed, then sliced in half
* 3 tablespoon olive oil
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 lb Orecchiette (or any pasta you have on hand but this pasta is easy to find)
* 4 chicken sausage links, sliced into 1/4 inch thick coins
* 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced (I just used minced garlic I had in the fridge)
* 1/3 cup pesto
* Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top



Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-combined.

Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then spread the brussels sprouts on it evenly. Roast for about 20-30 minutes, stirring once partway through, or until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. Remove from oven and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until nearly-browned, about 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic, and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the sausage is browned.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserving 1/4 cup pasta water), and then toss together the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussels sprouts. Add in some of the reserved pasta water if needed for extra moisture.
Serve warm, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Enjoy!

2 comments :

  1. Looks yummy! But my bf hates Brussels sprouts! But I'm bookmarking this for when I have evenings alone :)
    Sara
    Life with Baby Sophia

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  2. Oh yummy! I'm definitely giving this a try this evening.

    Mel
    http://mels-corner.blogspot.com/

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