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Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts

Photo: Annabelle Breakey

Total time 30 mins

Serves 4

Brussels sprouts are the new kale! Here they're quickly browned and still slightly crunchy. To save time, slice them with a mandoline or a food processor fitted with the slicing blade attachment.


  • Kosher salt for pasta water plus 1 1/4 tsp., divided
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 ounces grated pecorino cheese (1 scant cup), divided

Nutrition Information

  • calories 667
  • caloriesfromfat 44 %
  • protein 25 g
  • fat 33 g
  • satfat 12 g
  • carbohydrate 74 g
  • fiber 14 g
  • sodium 1195 mg
  • cholesterol 249 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until just cooked through, 7 to 9 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, trim brussels sprouts and slice very thin. Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add sprouts and 1 tsp. salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, 2 tbsp. butter, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook 30 seconds more. Transfer sprouts to a bowl. Wipe pan clean with a paper towel.

  3. Return pan to medium-high heat and add remaining 1 tbsp. butter. When it's melted, crack in eggs and cook, covered, until whites are just set and butter is starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Season eggs with remaining 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.

  4. Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add sprouts, three-fourths of reserved cooking water, and lemon zest and juice. Cook, stirring, until everything is heated through. Add more cooking water if necessary. Add half of cheese and stir to just combine.

  5. Divide pasta among 4 wide, shallow bowls and top each with some of the remaining cheese and an egg.