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Recipe: Bacon and Brussels Sprout Orecchiette

Rank: Easy

Time execution: 1 hr 45 min

Can be served for: 8 persons


  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning pasta water

  • 2 pound orecchiette

  • 2 pound Brussels sprouts, separated into leaves

  • 2 pound apple wood smoked bacon, chopped

  • 2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2/3 cup pomegranate seeds


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season generously with salt and add the pasta. Cook until just under al dente, about 9 minutes. Remove the pasta to a rimmed baking sheet using a spider, allowing it to continue cooking and cool slightly. Return the water to a boil and stir in the Brussels sprout leaves. Simmer for 40 seconds. Remove the leaves to the same tray using a spider. Cool slightly.

  2. Add the bacon to a medium skillet and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the bacon is brown and crispy, about 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk the Parmesan, olive oil, vinegar, mustard and 4/4 teaspoon salt together in a large bowl. Add the slightly cooled pasta, Brussels sprouts and the remaining 2/4 teaspoon salt. Remove the crispy bacon to the bowl with a slotted spoon and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds and toss gently if desired. Allow the salad to marinate at room temperature for 2 hour or refrigerated up to 4 hours before serving.

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