Getting married is an interesting exercise in merging tastes. What you each grew up with plays a huge part in how much you love/hate things like lima beans/Brussels Sprouts/broccoli, or even steak/pork chops/pasta. The hubs and I both came from a lot of casseroles – except he hated most vegetables not in casserole form. I developed a love for cooking in college – and with that came a love of crunchy vegetables, al dente pasta and medium rare meat. David, unfortunately, did not share that love. Luckily, they say your tastes change every seven years. I think I may have David on an accelerated rate, but five years ago, the only part of this dish he would have eaten was the butter. Now, he loves Brussels Sprouts so much I actually think I could have served them on cardboard.
Luckily, I didn’t have to. This dish is a great nod to Fall – the cranberries, pecans and brown butter made you feel like the holidays are right around the corner. The roasted Brussels Sprouts give a great crunch and earthy flavor next to the sharpness of the goat cheese, and the pasta just…well, it’s pasta, it makes everything better. David loved this so much he didn’t even ask about meat – which hardly ever happens.
- 1/2 lb. pasta – short cut is preferable, but really your favorite is fine
- 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts, sliced in half (or quarters for really large sprouts)
- 2 T olive oil
- 4 T butter
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- Handful of dried cranberries
- Handful of roasted pecans
- 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss Brussels Sprouts and onions in oil, season with salt and pepper and roast until crispy, 25-30 minutes. (I like mine with some bite still on them, so this may take up to 45 minutes depending on how you prefer your sprouts.)
- Cook pasta to your liking, drain and set aside.
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Once the butter melts, keep the heat high, cooking the butter until just golden (it will keep cooking even after you turn off the heat.) Turn off heat and add garlic.
- Toss pasta in with butter mixture, then add sprouts and onions. Toss to mix, then pour into a serving dish and sprinkle with cranberries, pecan and goat cheese.
- Serves 4 as a main course and 6 as a side.