Brussels Sprout

Dinner Tonight: Pumpkin Baked Pasta + Shaved Brussels Sprouts

November 19, 2012

This week, a Merrill-ific dinner, because who doesn't love that? Her so-good-it's-silly Pasta Al Forno is rib-sticking, whole-body-warming food. Plus, it serves 8, so make the full batch and you'll have enough for dinner tonight and tomorrow night: always a bonus, but this week a must. Shaved brussels sprouts offer freshness and crunch, welcome alongside the creamy baked pasta.

The Menu

Click through on the recipe photos or titles to see (and save and print) the full recipes, but we've also written you a handy grocery list and game plan below.

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon and Pecorino by merrill

Pasta Al Forno with Pumpkin and Pancetta by merrill

The Grocery List

The pasta serves 8; the salad serves 4 -- so you'll have to serve the leftover pasta with another salad tomorrow night. Maybe this one, or this one

3 cups brussels sprouts
One 3 to 4 pound cheese pumpkin or butternut squash
1/4 pound thick-sliced pancetta
1 pound conchiglie rigate (pasta shells)
2 cups heavy cream
Cheeses: fresh mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, fontina, gorgonzola, and a smidge of fresh ricotta (or use up what's in the cheese drawer)
Fresh thyme

We assume you have salt, black pepper, olive oil, an onion, a lemon, and a little honey. If not, you'll need those too!

The Plan 

1. Roast the squash -- it takes about an hour. But the good news is that it takes all of 30 seconds to prepare. For the first 20 minutes of roasting time, kick back with a cocktail, or read a book. Relax. 

2. Start soaking your onion slices for the salad, because they need at least 15 to 20 minutes, and a little extra can't hurt. While you're at it, mix up the dressing too. 

3. Boil the pasta; set it aside. 

4. Scoop out the roasted squash, mix up that gloriously gooey, cheesy sauce, and pop the whole beautiful mess into the oven to finish. 

5. Shave the sprouts, toss the salad and serve! Two dinners prepared in one go! Something to be thankful for, indeed. 


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Miranda Rake

Written by: Miranda Rake

Miranda is a writer and editor in Portland, OR. She has a sweet, curious toddler, and is passionate about all of the usual things like farmers markets, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and swimming in the sea. She hates leaf blowers and writing in the third person. Until recently, she owned and operated a small jam company, as is typical for a Portland-based millennial like herself.


doriegreenspan November 20, 2012
The Brussels sprout salad is great! I made it last night and added some toasted walnuts and dried cranberries. A keeper.
blanka.n November 19, 2012
I want this dinner right now and it's only 11 am!