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Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts, Gorgonzola, and Brown-Butter Pecans

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 to 6

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect fall pasta dish. For a sweet, nutty flavor, roast the Brussels sprouts until they’re just this side of charred.


  • Kosher salt
  • 20 oz. Brussels sprouts, trimmed (4 cups)
  • 3-1/2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. dried orecchiette
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 large shallots, minced (3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz. Gorgonzola, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 670
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 330
  • Fat (g): 36
  • Saturated Fat (g): 14
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 15
  • Cholesterol (mg): 70
  • Sodium (mg): 700
  • Carbohydrates (g): 67
  • Fiber (g): 8
  • Protein (g): 19


  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven, set a heavy rimmed baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 500°F. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat.

    In a food processor fitted with the medium (4 mm) slicing disk, slice the Brussels sprouts. Transfer them to a large bowl, drizzle with the oil, sprinkle with 1-1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper, and toss until well coated. Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and spread the Brussels sprouts on it in a single layer. Roast, stirring once about halfway through the cooking time, until the Brussels sprouts are tender and flecked with charred bits, 15 to 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile, cook the orecchiette according to package directions until just al dente.

    In a medium heavy-duty skillet, melt 1/2 Tbs. of the butter over medium heat. Add the pecans and cook, stirring frequently, until the butter is deeply browned and the pecans are toasted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

    Melt the remaining 1 Tbs. butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Off the heat, add 3 oz. (3/4 cup) of the Gorgonzola and stir until melted.

    Drain the orecchiette and return it to the pot. Add the Brussels sprouts, Gorgonzola sauce, and lemon juice and toss well. Serve, sprinkled with the pecans and the remaining Gorgonzola.

Serve with a fresh salad or quick braised Acorn Squash with Rosemary and Brown Sugar.


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Reviews (12 reviews)

  • Bonbon35 | 03/14/2014

    Quite delish but not a wow for me. The Brussels were so good they deserved to be eaten on their own! I used goats cheese as I don't like Gorgonzola, which worked well, as did subbing out some of the cream for wine. Just make sure you cook out the wine enough (I didn't). I used less pasta to up the veg factor and added extra nuts for crunch.

  • kfullerwa | 03/10/2014

    It was good, but not great. I added chicken for my husband, who thinks you cannot have dinner without meat. :) I used whole milk instead of cream. I tried to give it a little more kick, by squeezing a little more lemon juice on top. I loved the pecans on top! I think the leftovers might taste better than the meal did tonight! I did like the brussels sprouts!

  • LHT | 10/27/2013

    wonderful and easy

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