Orecchiette with Brussels sprouts and caramelized onions

Vegetarian, Soy Free

2 Servings, 680 Calories/Serving

25 – 35 Minutes

Orecchiette means “little ears” in Italian, but we prefer to think of the round pasta as little bowls, ideal for catching our favorite sauces. They’re also sturdy enough to hold their own against the best cold-weather foods, like these Brussels sprouts, brightened with sweet onions and a hint of lemon.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces orecchiette
  • 1 yellow onion
  • Peeled fresh garlic
  • ¾ pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo chile flakes (optional)
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan

Instructions

1

Cook the orecchiette

Bring a medium sauce pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the orecchiette and cook until just tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.
While the orecchiette cooks, prepare and cook the vegetables.

2

Prep the vegetables

  • Peel and thinly slice the yellow onion.
  • Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1 teaspoon.
  • Trim the root ends from the Brussels sprouts; cut the sprouts in half.

3

Cook the onion

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon butter or 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onion, season with salt, and cook, stirring often, until soft and browned, 8 to 10 minutes, reducing the heat as needed to prevent scorching. Pour in ¼ cup wine or water and cook at a vigorous simmer, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until the liquid has reduced by about half, 1 to 3 minutes.

4

Cook the Brussels sprouts

To the pan with the onion, stir in the garlic and as much Aleppo chile as you like and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the Brussels sprouts and ½ cup pasta cooking water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sprouts are tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
While the Brussels sprouts simmer, prepare the lemon.

5

Prep the lemon; finish the pasta

  • Zest the lemon and cut into wedges; set aside the wedges for garnish.
To the pan with the sprouts, stir in the orecchiette and heat until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in more pasta cooking water, if dry. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest, walnuts, and Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6

Serve

Transfer the pasta to individual bowls. Garnish with the lemon wedges and serve.

Chef’s Tip To get dinner on the table even faster, in Step 2, start cooking the onion while you finish prepping the garlic and Brussels sprouts.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 680, Protein: 22 g, Total Fat: 36 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.5 g, Saturated Fat: 11 g, Cholesterol: 60 mg, Carbohydrates: 80 g, Fiber: 11 g, Added Sugar: 0 g, Sodium: 910 mg

Contains: tree nuts, milk, wheat

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