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Here’s a delicious fall recipe from “Gimme Some Oven”.  

(Even the self-proclaimed brussel sprout haters among us came back for second helpings of this easy and delicious meal!! )

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins Total: 50 mins

Ingredients:

1 lb fresh brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and any yellowed/browned outer leaves removed, then sliced in half
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
1 lb (16 oz.) orecchiette (or any pasta)
4 chicken sausage links, sliced into 1/4″ thick coins
5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 cup pesto
Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together brussels sprouts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-combined.

Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then spread the brussels sprouts on it evenly. Roast for about 15-30 minutes (depends on how big your sprouts are), stirring once partway through, or until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside.  Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until nearly-browned, about 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic, and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the sausage is browned. (You can also throw the sausage on your grill and eliminate the remaining olive oil).

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. (heat your water while preparing the brussel sprouts, and added the pasta to the boiling water just after beginning to cook the sausage.) Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserving 1/4 cup pasta water), and then toss together the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussel sprouts. Add in some of the reserved pasta water if needed for extra moisture.

Serve warm, and sprinkle with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

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