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How about some brussels sprouts and bacon with your pasta?

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Carole Peck is the owner of The Good News Café in Woodbury.  She’s letting us in on one of her recipes for a very different pasta dish.  It’s called Brussels Sprouts Bacon & Orzo Pasta!  You’ll find the recipe below.  You can visit The Good News Café at 694 Main St S in Woodbury or online.

 Brussels Sprouts Bacon & Orzo Pasta

4 Servings

½ lb. Orzo Pasta (preferably Greek orzo)

Salt for pasta water

3T vegetable oil

2C reserved pasta water

¾ lb. slab bacon / cubed

15 brussels sprouts, cut in ¼ & roasted

3 cloves garlic, peeled & sliced thin

12 seedless grapes

1 lemon, zest & juice

6 sprigs parsley, coarsely chopped

Parmesan to shave

  • Cook orzo in a pot of boiling salted water till al dente. Save 2C of cooking water then drain orzo do not wash, put in a mixing bowl and toss with the oil, set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan over high heat add the bacon when sizzling add brussel sprouts garlic & grapes, let cook about 2 mins.
  • Add lemon zest, then the orzo, combine well.
  • If necessary add some pasta water.
  • Toss in parsley at the end.
  • Serve with shaved parmesan cheese.