…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? It started last year and accelerated in February and March--INFLATION! I’ve been getting sticker shock every time I check out at the supermarket cash register (or the gas station pump). I’m not sure if I’m buying this week’s groceries or making a rent payment. Quite frankly, I don’t know how large families are making ends meet. This Budget Spaghetti dish is meat-free. However, you can feel free to add roast chicken if your food budget allows. For those following a vegetarian diet then this is the perfect recipe for you, too.
Growing up I was never a big fan of Brussels sprouts. I’m reminded of that Leave It To Beaver Brussels sprouts episode. When Beaver refuses to eat his Brussels sprouts, Ward and June try to find a compromise in their differing opinions on discipline, only to find that Beaver discovers they’re not so bad after all. It took me until I was past my teens before I could accept them. With this recipe I think you’ll find that even the Beaver Cleavers of the world will be very accepting of this recipe with roasted Brussel sprouts.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1-1/2 cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs (roughly about 4 ounces of torn crusty bread)
1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons grated zest of 2 medium lemons, divided
16 ounces dry spaghetti
3 cups roasted Brussels sprouts, quartered or shaved
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
ChefSecret: The breadcrumbs can be toasted, cooled completely and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days. Leftover pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Quip of the Day: When I was a child, I didn't like eating Brussels sprouts. I told my mom I wasn't hungry. She said, “the children in Africa would be happy with sprouts!” I replied, “the moms in Africa would be happy with a child that's not hungry!” That was the first day I started to walk with a limp.
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