Pasta with Roasted baby Brussels


8 oz fresh, dry pasta
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large shallot, minced
1-2 tbs olive oil, divided
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4-1/3 cup vegetable stock
1 tsp lemon pepper (optional)
1 pinch red pepper flakes
6-8 grape tomatoes, halved
Asiago and Parmesan cheese
2 cups halved, baby Brussels

How to make Pasta with Roasted Baby Brussels

I happen to keep frozen baby Brussels from Trader Joe's in my freezer at all times, so I use those.  They work perfectly for when I'm craving that little bitter vegetable but they aren't in season.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  On a baking sheet, toss Brussels with oil, salt, and pepper.  Roast for about 10 minutes or until crispy.

In a medium pot, bring some salted water with a pinch of red pepper flakes to a boil.  Add pasta and cook  slightly less time than the package directions.  If you are using fresh pasta, it will only take a few minutes to cook, so plan accordingly.  Reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and shallot and cook about 3 minutes.  Slowly pour in the white wine and add the vegetable stock.  Reduce heat to medium low and cover.  Add the pasta, tomatoes, roasted Brussels, and a bit of the pasta water.  Stir and adjust the liquid to ensure that it is not too soupy but that there is enough sauce .

Serve topped with cheese.  Enjoy!

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