Bits of crisp bacon offset tender rigatoni and brussels sprouts in this main dish. Sauteeing the sprouts before braising them adds flavor and helps preserve their texture.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2004

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat a dry large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon; cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Add enough oil to bacon fat in skillet to total 2 tablespoons. Add garlic, shallots, and sprouts; cook, stirring occasionally, until pale golden, about 3 minutes. Add stock; season with salt and pepper. Cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed and sprouts are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil; add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta. Cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid; return pasta to pot.

  • Stir in sprouts mixture, reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid, and cheese. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil; add sage and bacon. Toss until combined. Serve with more cheese.

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Reviews (10)

107 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 54
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2013
I loved this recipe. But I would like to add that cutting the brussel sprouts in half and then putting the cut side down on to the skillet made them brown a lot more quickly. Also, throwing in some toasted pine nuts in the end gives awesome texture.
Rating: Unrated
02/08/2011
I LOVE this recipe. It's very easy, tasty, and reheats well!
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11/11/2010
easy to make, i left out the shallots and used vegetarian bacon which still gave it great flavor!
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06/29/2010
Very easy to prepare. Great dish for serving to a large group of people.
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03/05/2008
Great dish, it was gone in less than an hour with lots of praises to the cook
Rating: Unrated
03/04/2008
I used veg broth
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Rating: Unrated
03/04/2008
I used veg broth
Rating: Unrated
03/02/2008
I'm a vegetarian
Rating: Unrated
01/11/2008
Very easy. I have never had brussel sprout that have tasted so good. The pasta could use more of a sauce though. Next time I may try a creamy alfredo with it. ummm
Rating: Unrated
01/11/2008
Very easy. I have never had brussel sprout that have tasted so good. The pasta could use more of a sauce though. Next time I may try a creamy alfredo with it. ummm
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