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Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4

Total Time
30 mins

Brussels sprouts are the new kale! Here they're quickly browned and still slightly crunchy. To save time, slice them with a mandoline or a food processor fitted with the slicing blade attachment.

spaghetti and brussels sprouts

Photo: Annabelle Breakey

  Kosher salt for pasta water plus 1 1/4 tsp., divided
 12 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
 1 pound brussels sprouts
 4 tablespoons olive oil
 1 garlic clove, minced
 3 tablespoons butter, divided
 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
 4 eggs
 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
 2 ounces grated pecorino cheese (1 scant cup), divided
Step 1

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until just cooked through, 7 to 9 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, trim brussels sprouts and slice very thin. Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add sprouts and 1 tsp. salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, 2 tbsp. butter, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook 30 seconds more. Transfer sprouts to a bowl. Wipe pan clean with a paper towel.

Step 3

Return pan to medium-high heat and add remaining 1 tbsp. butter. When it's melted, crack in eggs and cook, covered, until whites are just set and butter is starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Season eggs with remaining 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.

Step 4

Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add sprouts, three-fourths of reserved cooking water, and lemon zest and juice. Cook, stirring, until everything is heated through. Add more cooking water if necessary. Add half of cheese and stir to just combine.

Step 5

Divide pasta among 4 wide, shallow bowls and top each with some of the remaining cheese and an egg.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 667Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g51%

Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 249mg83%
Sodium 1195mg50%
Total Carbohydrate 74g25%

Dietary Fiber 14g57%
Protein 25g50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.