Getting Ready For The Holidays

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The holidays are just around the corner and soon we will be celebrating a new year.  

So much to do and so little time, however one thing we can do is make cooking a little simpler.

I found this fabulous pasta recipe in the new York Times and I love it---------- so quick and easy!

Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta

20 minutes


  • Sea salt
  • 8 ounces penne
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  • 3 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1 large rosemary sprig
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 1 jalapeño or Serrano chile, thinly sliced (or substitute 1 large pinch crushed red pepper flakes)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • Fresh lemon juice, for serving
  • Freshly grated pecorino cheese (optional)


Bring large pot heavily salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until pasta is just al dente (do not overcook).
Meanwhile, heat large sauté pan over high heat and add the olive oil. When oil is hot, add the pancetta and rosemary, and sauté until the fat on the pancetta starts to turn translucent and very lightly brown, about 1 minute. Add the garlic, chile and freshly ground black pepper to taste, and sauté until garlic and pancetta turn richly brown, about 3 minutes. Add the brussels sprouts, a large pinch of salt and a splash of water to pan, and sauté until sprouts just start to soften, about 2 minutes. Spread sprouts mixture in pan and press down to flatten. Let it sear for a minute, then stir it up and repeat. This helps brown the sprouts. Add the butter, and sauté for another minute.
Drain penne and add it to pan with brussels sprouts mixture. Cook, tossing, until everything is well mixed. Spoon into pasta bowls and top with a drizzle of oil and lemon juice, and a little cheese if you like.
2 servings


If you decide to do this for company it would look fabulous in the Botanical Leaf Glass Bowl by Michael Aram.  Also check out the Botanical Leaf  Wine Rest.

Happy Holidays


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