Today’s Martha Mondays Pasta with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon was chosen by Pru at My Life: Pru Singer. Thanks Pru.
Let me be honest. I didn’t think I would like this. At the least, I knew I would be the only one in my house who would eat it. Mr. MarthaAndMe really doesn’t like Brussels sprouts. The kids are not fans. I like them a lot, but the idea of them in pasta was kind of weird.
I cooked my bacon (anything with bacon can’t be horrible) and then added my shallots (I cheated and used one shallot and then some onion), garlic and sprouts. Once it cooked a bit I added chicken broth. By the end of the allotted time, the sprouts were not cooked, so I covered it and cooked it longer until they were soft.
I didn’t have rigatoni, so I used some curly pasta in the pantry. Mr. MarthaAndMe ate it under duress (not much else on the table to pick from), TeenMartha ate most of hers (picking out the sprouts for the most part). Dude Martha wanted no part of it. I liked it, but still think Brussels sprouts in pasta are weird. I needed something more. I admit I didn’t have fresh sage, so I used dried – maybe that was the problem. It just tasted like pasta with Brussels, bacon and some onion. I don’t know what else it could taste like since that’s all that is in it, but it really needed something else for me. I don’t think I would make this again, but I will probably be picking at the leftovers for lunch all this week. It was fun to try it though.
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Oh Brette, I’m so sorry that you and your family didn’t like it. We loved it! But we do like dinners of pasta with bacon and peas so I suppose we were always likely to like it.
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I really enjoyed this recipe. I loved the pairing of bacon and brussel sprouts. Thanks for the project! See my results:
Glad you enjoyed it!
I had fun making it and trying it. I had a little for lunch today too. It wasn’t a dump it in the trash dish as some Martha recipes have been!
Sorry you didn’t like it, but your pic is pretty! Maybe if the sprouts had been cut smaller?
No, it was the lack of a real sauce that got me. That and I just don’t feel like Brussels sprouts and pasta go together. They are so cabbage-y somehow.
I have to admit that I used every drop of bacon grease and sprinkled extra olive oil on top to make a “sauce,” of sorts. I loaded on the cheese, too.
I should have done that. It just needed something I think.
Brette – My husband never liked brussels until I doctored them up with lots of bacon and balsamic vinegar. Now he loves them almost any way (even w/out the bacon). I’ll have to try this one and see if we can add another recipe to the pile…thanks!
I like roasted brussel sprouts and have added them to pasta, with or without marinara sauce, and enjoyed. maybe that’d enhance this dish for you?
I’ve never tried brussles sprouts with marinara sauce! I do like them roasted – that might add some more flavor.
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