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Slightly caramelized onions balance the finely sliced Brussels sprouts in this dish. The two are sautéed and mixed with cooked spaghetti noodles.

Another way with Brussels sprouts

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6D

I keep finding new ways to appreciate Brussels sprouts. I love them roasted, but lately I've been shredding them. Thinly sliced, the sprouts can be quickly sautéed.

The method maintains their texture, their bright, slightly bitter taste and their nice green color.

This dish is a perfect example. The sprouts are mixed with caramelized onions and broken spaghetti. The ingredients are few and simple, but the dish is a complex mixture of flavors, with the sweet bite of the onions complementing the sprouts.

Broken spaghetti with shredded Brussels sprouts and onions

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 17 minutes (overlapping with time to cook the spaghetti)

Serves 4


8 ounces dried spaghetti, broken into approximately 2-inch lengths

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use

2 teaspoons unsalted butter

1 large onion, thinly sliced (8 ounces)

8 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed, cut in half and thinly sliced


Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup white wine, or homemade or no-salt-added chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon sugar

Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for garnish (optional)


Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Transfer the cooked, drained spaghetti to a large serving bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of the oil.

While the spaghetti is cooking, heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil with the butter in a large nonstick sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and reduce the heat to medium; cook, stirring every minute or so, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onion is soft and the edges are lightly caramelized.

Add the Brussels sprouts, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Increase the heat to medium-high; cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until the sprouts have softened but are still bright green. Add the wine or broth and the sugar; stir to combine. Cook for about 2 minutes, until some of the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is still moist but not soupy. Pour over the spaghetti in the bowl and toss to combine well.

Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed. Serve warm; pass the cheese at the table for sprinkling, if desired.

Per serving: 350 calories, 10 g protein, 54 g carbohydrates, 8 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 5 g dietary fiber, 5 g sugar

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