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Smoky Tomato Pasta Fill 1 Created with Sketch.

with Brussels Sprouts & Crispy Spiced Breadcrumbs

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    30 min
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    2
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    Est. 630 calories Group 22 Created with Sketch.
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For a unique spin on classic tomato sauce, we’re making ours with a sprinkling of our smoky-sweet barbecue spice blend and a splash of tangy buttermilk, which combines with creamy mascarpone cheese to lend deliciously rich flavor to our orecchiette pasta.

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Smoky Tomato Pasta with Brussels Sprouts  & Crispy Spiced Breadcrumbs
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  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 6 oz Orecchiette Pasta
  • ½ lb Brussels Sprouts
  • ¼ cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz Pickled Goathorn Peppers
  • 1 Tbsp Barbecue Spice Blend (Smoked Paprika, Sweet Paprika, Ground Fennel Seeds, Ground Coriander, Garlic Powder, & Light Brown Sugar)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a small pot with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and small dice the onion. Cut off and discard the stem end of the brussels sprouts; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the peppers

Cook the pasta:
2 Cook the pasta:

Uncover the pot and add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 9 to 11 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly. 

Make the spiced breadcrumbs:
3 Make the spiced breadcrumbs:

While the pasta cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add half the spice blend. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan. 

Cook the brussels sprouts:
4 Cook the brussels sprouts:

While the pasta continues to cook, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the sliced brussels sprouts; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until softened. 

Make the sauce:
5 Make the sauce:

Add the tomato paste and remaining spice blend to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the buttermilk (shaking the bottle before opening) and 1/2 cup of water. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thickened.

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

Add the cooked pasta, chopped peppers, mascarpone, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining pasta cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the spiced breadcrumbs. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a small pot with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and small dice the onion. Cut off and discard the stem end of the brussels sprouts; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the peppers

2 Cook the pasta:

Uncover the pot and add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 9 to 11 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly. 

Cook the pasta:
Make the spiced breadcrumbs:
3 Make the spiced breadcrumbs:

While the pasta cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add half the spice blend. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan. 

4 Cook the brussels sprouts:

While the pasta continues to cook, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the sliced brussels sprouts; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until softened. 

Cook the brussels sprouts:
Make the sauce:
5 Make the sauce:

Add the tomato paste and remaining spice blend to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the buttermilk (shaking the bottle before opening) and 1/2 cup of water. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thickened.

6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

Add the cooked pasta, chopped peppers, mascarpone, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining pasta cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the spiced breadcrumbs. Enjoy! 

Finish the pasta & serve your dish: