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Linguine with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Shallots

This recipe for Linguine with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Shallots is a simple way to enjoy the delicious flavors of caramelized brussels sprouts with bacon.

We spent last Monday at the Botanic Gardens with the kids. It was a lot of fun, though exhausting because it was 90 degrees without a cloud in sight that day.

On the way home we drove past Whole Foods and decided to stop since I had a list of fruits and vegetables I needed to buy. The nearest Whole Foods is a good 35 minutes from our house so we don’t often go.


Making this recipe for Linguine with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Shallots

We’ve really been working with Logan on trying new foods ever since I found out about all the foods his teacher said he would eat at school during snack time.

Foods he would never eat for us. I told him that anytime he saw a new food at the grocery store that looked interesting he should tell me that he wanted to try it.

This time it was Brussels sprouts. Surprised? Me too!


I knew that by the time we would get home it would be pretty late and we weren’t really that hungry because we had stopped for frozen custard after the Botanic Gardens. But I felt like we needed to eat some real food.

Brussels Sprouts Inspiration

Browsing the How to Cook Everything iPhone app (highly recommend this!) while Eric drove so I could get a head start on dinner, I found a recipe for Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

Incidentally, Logan has also been asking to try bacon. Who doesn’t want to try bacon?


I decided to turn this simple and quick side dish into an easy main dish for us to eat. Logan didn’t like the Brussels sprouts or bacon, though at least he tried them – that’s a huge improvement!

Madeline only wanted the bacon. And Eric and I loved the whole meal. We even had it again the next day (I needed pictures of the success!) and still loved it.

I never knew that bacon would compliment the sprouts so well and I think the shallots really rounded out the flavors.

I hope the Brussels sprouts in our garden do well so we can enjoy this dish many more times.

More Brussels Sprouts Recipes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic are a fantastic side dish that is full of delicious flavor — caramelized, roasted Brussels sprouts, savory bacon, and tangy balsamic vinegar.

These Maple Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts are the kind of vegetable side dish that has everyone asking for seconds!

Rainbow Winter Quinoa Bowls with Maple Dijon Balsamic Dressing features lots of delicious winter produce, like brussels sprouts, and hearty Organic Tricolor Quinoa for a filling, satisfying meal.

Dinner just got super quick and easy thanks to this Fall Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin with Honey Balsamic Roasted Vegetables. It features carrots, golden beets, red onion, Brussels Sprouts, and parsnips.

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Linguine with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Caramelized Shallots

Linguine with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Caramelized Shallots

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This recipe for Linguine with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Shallots is a simple way to enjoy the delicious flavors of caramelized brussels sprouts with bacon.


  • 8 ounces center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6 shallots, halved and sliced thin
  • 10 ounces linguine, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste (if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan, for serving


  1. Wash the Brussels sprouts. Cut each Brussels sprout into quarters, cutting from the top of the sprout to the bottom (not horizontally). Set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 7-10 minutes. When done, discard about 1/4 of the rendered fat. Keep the remaining in the skillet along with the bacon. Stir in the shallots and saute over medium heat until tender and caramelized, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the sprouts and 1/4 cup of water to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, turn the heat to medium, and cook covered and undisturbed for about 3-5 minutes. Sprouts should be nearly tender.
  4. When the sprouts are ready, uncover and turn the heat to medium-high. Cook until excess water has evaporated and sprouts have reached desired tenderness – but do not overcook. Remove from heat. Stir in the pasta, balsamic vinegar, thyme, and additional salt (if desired).
  5. Serve immediately and top with freshly grated Parmesan.


I prefer center-cut bacon in most all recipes because it has less fat and calories with all the great taste of bacon.

Inspired by How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

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Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 379Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 46mgSodium 1020mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 5gSugar 6gProtein 23g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Aimee @ Simple Bites

Thursday 13th of September 2012

This is going to be dinner tonight. Lucky us!

Ali r

Tuesday 20th of March 2012

Oh my gawd! I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing. My roommate an I both had two bowls. I did modify just a smidge, took the brussel sprouts down to 3/4 of a pound and added a 1/2 pound of broccoli. Just before mixing the pasta in, I threw in 3 eggs and scrambled them into the veggies. Oh, and I used turkey bacon. Delicious. I can't wait to make this again and I have a large tupperware of leftovers in the fridge still!


Monday 28th of February 2011

I know you posted this recipe quite some time ago...but I finally got around to making it! OMG! Loved it! A super light dinner with amazing taste. I only had 2 very big shallots and plan to add 4 more next time I make this. Really tasty and delish! Loved every bite! Thanks!


Sunday 9th of January 2011

Just made this and it was wonderful! Added some dried figs (chopped) to the shallots as they caramelized. YUM! Thanks so much for the great recipe.


Friday 16th of July 2010

This looks delicious! I must try this one for sure!

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