Orecchiette with Lemony Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta
Recipe Type: entree, pasta
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Serves: 4-6
Orecchiette with a vibrant, lemony, fresh sauce. In every forkful, the nooks of the pasta hold in the bits of smoky pancetta and citrusy Brussels sprouts.
  • 1 pound orecchiette
  • 6 ounces pancetta, finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • ½ yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, ends removed and halved
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • zest and juice of of 1 lemon
  • freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for serving
  • salt and pepper
  1. Boil a large pot of salted water.
  2. Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until crispy, about 4 minutes.
  3. Spoon out the pancetta from the pan and set aside.
  4. Lower the heat to medium and add 2 Tablespoons olive oil.
  5. Add the onion and sautee until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and Brussels sprouts and sautee for an additional 3 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, add the orecchiette to the boiling salted water.
  8. Add the chicken broth to the skillet and let simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the Brussels sprouts are slightly browned and the broth has reduced.
  9. Add the reserved pancetta, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the skillet and stir.
  10. Once the pasta is al dente, drain and add it to the skillet and toss with the sauce for a couple minutes.
  11. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/orecchiette-with-lemony-brussels-sprouts-and-pancetta/