Pasta coi cavolini di Brussels

I have received an invitation to participate in this┬áblogging competition and I┬ádecided to make pasta with Brussels sprouts. The theme of the competition is Mediterranean style recipes, so I decided to compete with my take on “orecchiette con le cime di rapa” – orecchiette with broccoli rabe.

Pasta coi cavolini di brussels

Orecchiette con le cime di rapa is a classic southern Italian dish and I figured that a play on this dish would be perfect to address this challenge. So, I swapped the broccoli rabe with Brussels sprouts, the anchovies with bacon and the orecchiette with some short rigatoni. Then I pretty much used the same cooking method I would have used for the traditional recipe.

It turned out pretty great! I ended up eating it for dinner and then the day after for lunch at work.

Pasta coi cavolini di Brussels

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 Servings


  • 4 oz short pasta
  • 1 lb broccoli sprouts
  • 3 slices bacon
  • salt
  • pecorino romano (optional)


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add salt.
  2. Meanwhile, dice the bacon and halve the Brussels sprouts.
  3. Saute the bacon in a pan without adding any fat. Let the fat render and cook the bacon bits until crispy.
  4. Boil the halved sprouts for about 5 minutes, then fish them out of the water and add them to the pan with the bacon.
  5. Add the pasta to the boiling water in which you cooked the sprouts and cook it until pasta is a minute short of al dente.
  6. Drain the pasta reserving a couple of laddles of water and add it to the sprouts and the bacon.
  7. Saute the pasta with the sprouts and the bacon until the pasta is al dente, adding water as needed.
  8. Serve hot or warm adding a sprinkle of pecorino romano if you like it.

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3 Responses to Pasta coi cavolini di Brussels

  1. What a great idea. I have a large bag of Brussels sprouts in the fridge waiting to be cooked… now I know how!

  2. Pasta with any green, especially from the cabbage or broccoli families, are my fave. This looks delicious!

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