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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Chicken Sausage and Pasta

Brussels sprouts can be glorious when properly cooked, like in this recipe for Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Chicken Sausage and Pasta. Easy and delicious.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 490 kcal


  • 1 12 ounce package chicken sausage I used a roasted garlic flavor
  • 3 cups thinly sliced fresh Brussels spouts
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic about 5 large cloves
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese plus more to pass
  • 8 ounces orecchiette pasta cooked to package directions, drained with ½ cup pasta water reserved


  • Cook the sausage over medium heat until browned. Slice the sausage on the diagonal into ½ inch slices.
  • In a large saute pan, bring 2 cups water with a bit of salt to a boil; add the Brussels and blanch for 2 minutes; drain well. Dry the pan.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in the saute pan over medium heat; add the Brussels and saute until beginning to brown, about 10 - 15 minutes; add the remaining oil and the garlic along with the red pepper flakes; continue to cook until the Brussels and garlic are lightly caramelized. Add the cheese and toss with the vegetables; add the orecchiette along with the sausage slices; saute until all is hot and well combined; adding some pasta water if it seems too dry. Serve with additional cheese to pass, if desired.


Serving: 1gSodium: 851mgFiber: 4gCholesterol: 69mgCalories: 490kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gFat: 19gProtein: 30gCarbohydrates: 54g
Keyword Brussels sprouts, pasta
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