I was that kid who wanted nothing to do with brussel sprouts. I thought they smelled weird and my stubborn self wouldn’t even give them a shot. Now that I love them, I’m kind of sad that I went so long hating on them. Served with bacon and either roasted or sautéed, they are one of my favorite side dishes. Well this time, I turned one of my favorite sides into a complete dinner! This brussel sprout and bacon pasta is super easy, quick and SO darn tasty. I used turkey bacon to make it leaner and because it was what I had on hand. There was also beer involved. Yes, please!
That was all there was to it! Oh my goodness, there really is just something special about how that bacon flavor works so well with the brussel sprouts. Making it a complete meal with the pasta combined so many of my favorite things. Hope you all love it too!! xoxo
This brussel sprout and bacon pasta is so simple and flavorful! It's my favorite side of brussel sprouts with bacon turned into a complete meal.
- 14 slices turkey bacon diced small
- 1 pound brussel sprouts trimmed and halved
- 1/2 cup beer divided
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese divided
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pound mezzi rigatoni or any short pasta with ridges
- 1 tablespoon butter
First, get a large pot on to boil for the pasta. Then get out a large skillet and put the bacon in it cold. Heat it up over medium high heat and let it cook until crisp. When it is starting to leave a brown layer on the bottom, deglaze the pan with half of the beer and scrape it all up. Once the bacon is crisp, deglaze the pan with the rest of the beer and add in the brussel sprouts. Scrape up the rest of the brown bits and stir it all together. Let it cook for a couple of minutes, then add in the chicken stock. Season it all with the salt and garlic powder. Meanwhile, salt the boiling pasta water and cook the pasta until tender for about 8 minutes.
While the pasta cooks, take 1/2 a cup of the cooking water and pour it into the pan of bacon and brussel sprouts. Add in 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese and let it all melt in and emulsify with the liquids. When the pasta is done, drain it and stir it into the pan of sauce. Stir in the remaining parmesan and the butter to bring it all together. Scoop it into bowls and serve immediately! Enjoy!!