Bucatini Pasta Bolognese with Brussels Sprouts

Bucatini Pasta Bolognese

with Brussels Sprouts

40 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Tonight’s recipe features a time-tested combination in Italian cuisine: pasta with meat sauce. For delicious texture and a bit of seasonal flair, we’re stirring thinly-sliced Brussels sprouts into our bolognese, to contrast beautifully with chewy bucatini pasta and tender beef and vegetables. A garnish of parmesan completes this classic comfort meal.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    800 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and mince the garlic and shallot. Peel and small dice the carrot. Small dice the celery. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the Brussels sprouts; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise.

Cook the aromatics:
2 Cook the aromatics:

In a large, high-sided pan (or pot), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the garlic, shallot, carrot and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened and fragrant.

Add the tomato paste:
3 Add the tomato paste:

Add the tomato paste to the pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until dark red and fragrant.

Add the beef:
4 Add the beef:

Add the ground beef to the pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Remove from heat.

Cook the pasta:
5 Cook the pasta:

While the beef cooks, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 8 to 9 minutes, or until just shy of al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and transfer to the pan of cooked aromatics and beef.

Finish the pasta & plate your dish:
6 Finish the pasta & plate your dish:

Add the Brussels sprouts and ¾ of the reserved pasta cooking water to the pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until thoroughly coated. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining pasta cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the finished pasta between 2 dishes. Garnish with up to half the cheese (you will have extra cheese). Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and mince the garlic and shallot. Peel and small dice the carrot. Small dice the celery. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the Brussels sprouts; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise.

2 Cook the aromatics:

In a large, high-sided pan (or pot), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the garlic, shallot, carrot and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened and fragrant.

Cook the aromatics:
Add the tomato paste:
3 Add the tomato paste:

Add the tomato paste to the pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until dark red and fragrant.

4 Add the beef:

Add the ground beef to the pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Remove from heat.

Add the beef:
5 Cook the pasta:

While the beef cooks, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 8 to 9 minutes, or until just shy of al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and transfer to the pan of cooked aromatics and beef.

6 Finish the pasta & plate your dish:

Add the Brussels sprouts and ¾ of the reserved pasta cooking water to the pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until thoroughly coated. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining pasta cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the finished pasta between 2 dishes. Garnish with up to half the cheese (you will have extra cheese). Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & plate your dish:
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