Roasted Brussels Sprout & Proscuitto Pasta

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and proscuitto goat cheese pasta makes a gorgeous twist on a classic spaghetti dish, especially when topped with a perfectly poached egg. And – it makes even better leftovers.Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Proscuitto Goat Cheese Pasta - www.countrycleaver.com

The 2014 theme continues – EVERYTHING is better with an egg on top. It is fact. Especially when that “everything” is pasta covered in crumbled goat cheese, roasted brussels sprouts and crispy fried proscuitto. I’m a sucker for every piece of this pasta dish on it’s own – but together, I just about had my mind blown out of my ears.

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If there is a fresh veggie in my house – the odds are I will try roasting it. It’s is hands down the best way to make veggies in my book. Especially brussles sprouts. And it’s simple. When I go to the grocery store and I see them see roasted veggies in the deli case for $6.99 a pound I can’t believe it! It’s so easy to do it at home and so much cheaper!

When brussels sprouts get roasted the leaves caramelize and toast on the edges making them really crunchy. Couple that with crispy fried proscuitto – prepared just like bacon, and topped onto carbs – you’re all set.

The most tricky part of this dish might well be the poaching of the egg. If you haven’t ever had a poached egg before now is your chance – it is the crown and glory of this dish. Poaching eggs may seem daunting but it’s really not! This step by step tutorial on how to poach eggs will make it a cinch.  I guarantee you will have just found your new favorite way to make eggs.

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One of the biggest reasons we don’t do pasta in the house very often is because it’s usually full of unnecessary carbs.  Lately I haven’t had a lot of time to go to the gym or for a run to burn them all off. I’d rather just steer clear of carb overload. But I recently tried Dreamfields spaghetti pasta that is packed with fiber and protein that cooked up just like traditional pasta.

It was a delicious surprise.

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And – this whole things made for even better leftovers. It is a win-win.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Proscuitto Pasta

Ingredients:

1 pound Brussels Sprouts

2 ounces Proscuitto, sliced into thin strips and fried

3 Tablespoons Garlic infused Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

2 Eggs

¼ cup Goat Cheese

4 ounces dry Dreamfields Spaghetti


Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Trim brussels sprouts of their ends and discard. Cut smaller sprouts into halves and larger sprouts into quarters. Remove any loose leaves as well, they will be roasted also. Place onto a non-stick baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, turning half way through. Loose leaves will be crispy and browned and the quarter will be fork tender.


While brussels sprouts are roasting, bring a sauce pan to a boil with salted water. Also bring a 2 inch deep sauce pan to a simmer with water for poaching the eggs.


Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water. Drain remaining water, rinse the pasta lightly with cold water and set aside. In the saucepan that the pasta was cooked in crumble the goat cheese and pour in the reserved pasta water. Stir together until a light sauce forms.


While the pasta is cooking poach the eggs. Crack each egg into a separate shallow dish. With the edge of the shallow dish touching the water GENTLY slip the eggs into the water. Using a spoon gather the eggs white around the yolk to set. Cook each egg about 3 minutes, or until the whites are set. Remove with a spoon and drain away liquid.


Divide pasta into two shallow bowls, pouring the goat cheese sauce over the top. Top with roasted brussels, fried proscuitto, egg and additional crumbled goat cheese if desired. Serve immediately.


*This post is sponsored by Dreamfields Pasta, all opinions are my own*