CREAMY MISO PASTA WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS FROM “LOVE & LEMONS”

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Something I tend to waste a little bit of time on that I don’t really tell people about: creeping people’s healthy grocery hauls on Instagram, their blogs etc. I’m also an obsessive cart glancer at Costco, Whole Foods, any grocery-selling store really. Surely this can’t just be me? I feel like it offers so much insight! I also get some surprising recipe inspiration from dreaming up what people are doing with these hauls. Sometimes I just like to be reassured that even health all-stars have their indulgences, too. When I see chocolate pudding and salty snacks nestled up against giant bags of sweet potatoes and 4 types of greens, I can relate.

I like to think that Jeanine and Jack from the Love & Lemons blog have some particularly excellent grocery/market hauls. I’ve been a fan of their work since always. I love Jeanine’s fresh combinations that have just the right amount of effort and plenty of style. The easy elegant. That’s my favourite approach with plant-based food. Not too involved and certainly not too hippie.

I’ve been cooking from their new cookbook for a couple weeks now with great results–and total ease, too! I made the carrot spelt waffles for a weekend breakfast, and then the quinoa taco salad for a light weeknight dinner, and now this creamy miso pasta with brussels sprouts. I plan to just keep going, too. Jeanine employs a “cook backwards” strategy that really works for my cooking style and kitchen equipped-ness. The book is composed of produce-specific chapters with recipes, great one-off ideas, and storage/procuring tips. I had beautiful asparagus, carrots, hot house peppers, brussels sprouts, and zucchini in my fridge. Once I went through the chapters (and noted that my pantry stock is strikingly similar to the L&L team), I realized that there were so many things I could make.

This pasta was so creamy and it had a satisfying depth of flavour from the miso. It sounds silly, but I had never cooked non-shredded brussels sprouts in a pan over high heat. I usually just go the oven-roasted route, but I liked these so much better. The super hot cast iron gave them crispy edges but they stayed nice and moist throughout. I don’t know if I can turn back now. Best part: this whole thing was ready in 20-ish minutes.

There’s still so many recipes that I need to try from this book. It’s kind of the perfect companion for when local produce really starts coming on. Highly recommended if you love bold doses of visual inspiration and plenty of tasty and healthy things to eat ;)

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CREAMY MISO PASTA WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS RECIPE
From Love & Lemons: An Apple to Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking
Print the recipe here!
Serves: 3-4
Notes: Jeanine notes that if you aren’t using a high-speed blender for the sauce, you may have to blend it an extra minute or so to get it nice and creamy. In the original recipe, fettucine is used as the pasta. I used brown rice spaghetti because that was the only long pasta I had on hand. It was still great, but I think a thicker/wider noodle would have been even better from a textural perspective.

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
½ cup raw cashews, soaked 3-4 hours, preferably overnight, drained, and rinsed
1 tablespoon white/mellow miso paste
1 small garlic clove, peeled
¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ cup filtered water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt, to taste

FOR THE PASTA:
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups brussels sprouts, sliced in half
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
8 ounces long pasta (I used brown rice spaghetti)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chili flakes (optional)

Make the sauce: in a high-speed blender, puree the cashews, miso paste, garlic, Dijon mustard, water, lemon juice, olive oil, and a pinch of salt until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the brussels sprouts, cut side down, along with a pinch of salt. Let them sear until the cut side becomes golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Toss and continue cooking for an additional 7-10 minutes, or until tender.

Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the pan, toss once more, then remove from the heat and transfer to a plate.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare the pasta according to the instructions on the package, cooking until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain and return the pasta to the pot. Stir in the sauce, adding pasta water as needed to thin the sauce and make it creamy. Add the brussels sprouts and toss until heated through.

Serve pasta hot with freshly ground black pepper and chili flakes, if using.

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  • Marieke30/03/2016 - 4:43 am

    I’ve also been a fan of their recipes since forever! Love this pasta!ReplyCancel

  • Agnes {Cashew Kitchen}30/03/2016 - 6:28 am

    Ugh, this pasta sounds TOO good! Everything with miso catches my eye :) I love the idea to cook brussel sprouts with fresh, spring/summery flavors like lemon and dijon mustard, and not only eat it around Christmas time with like pomegranate or hazelnuts.
    I’ve also been following love & lemons since I started food blogging, so I’m super excited about the book! Especially after this praise ;-)
    Have a great day!
    AgnesReplyCancel

    • Laura31/03/2016 - 7:59 am

      Thanks Agnes! I think you’ll love the book. Lots of super fresh and interesting ways to prepare vegetables.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • krystal30/03/2016 - 8:09 am

    This looks amazing! The more I see about this cookbook the more I want to buy it. I’m moving cross-country in a month so I’m trying to whittle down my pantry but this goes on the list for when I buy some more miso!! (Along with more of those peanut miso patties. :D)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full30/03/2016 - 9:41 am

    Ahh a kindred spirit!! I love peeping at other peoples’ healthy grocery hauls. And even my own… when I have an especially good basket filled with vibrant and colorful produce, I have to take a picture. ;)ReplyCancel

    • Laura31/03/2016 - 8:00 am

      I have to take a picture when I have a good haul too! Haha.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Ashley30/03/2016 - 10:00 am

    I just love your review of the L&L book. I cannot get over how visually stunning it is!! I’ve looked through it a handful of times and didn’t even see this recipe yet. There is just so much goodness in that book! Probably making this for dinner tonight. :) Also, photos = stunning…per usual. Also #2, definitely love checking out what people buy! My favorite is at the natural food store for the exact reason you stated. I like seeing people’s indulgences! hahaReplyCancel

    • Laura31/03/2016 - 8:01 am

      I saw on your snaps that you made it with kale last night! Swoon. And I know what you mean about missing stuff in the book–there’s so much to look at!
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Lindsey30/03/2016 - 10:30 am

    I literally laughed out loud about your grocery cart creeping. I do the exact same thing! I tell Frank all the time that I would love to work one day as a grocery checkout clerk just because I love seeing what people are inclined to buy and stock their fridge with. I’m also a super creep in what my friends and fam have in their fridge – way strange, but so interesting to me. But yes, Jeanine’s book! I love how she showcases new ways of cooking or preparing veg in such an approachable and beautiful way. Big fan of this creamy pasta, going to have to make it soon :) xoReplyCancel

    • Laura31/03/2016 - 8:03 am

      I used to work as the cashier at my dad’s produce and grocery store and I’m pretty sure that’s where my obsession started. I’ve been known to creep the friend fridge too haha.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker30/03/2016 - 11:03 am

    I seriously can’t WAIT for this book to get to my doorstep! I usually roast the crap out of brussels sprouts, so this recipe is a welcome change :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura31/03/2016 - 8:04 am

      That’s usually my strategy too! I love getting all those ultra crispy little leaves :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha30/03/2016 - 11:18 am

    Hi Laura! There are a lot of recipes with eggs and dairy products in their book? Btw, this pasta dish seems terrific!! :D xoReplyCancel

    • Laura31/03/2016 - 8:06 am

      Hey Valentina, there are a few recipes with dairy and eggs, but it’s mostly a vegan book. Most of the recipes that utilize dairy and eggs could easily be made vegan with some substitutions/omissions.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Allyson30/03/2016 - 12:22 pm

    Sauteeing brussels sprouts is one of my favorite ways to eat them. I bet they tasted fantastic with the combination of miso.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay30/03/2016 - 12:41 pm

    I know the feeling! Am constantly snooping at other people’s groceries! This book and the recipe looks beautiful! I’m definitely going to have to put it on my wish list!ReplyCancel

  • Bella Bucchiotti30/03/2016 - 1:12 pm

    This looks so yummy! I love miso ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine30/03/2016 - 2:45 pm

    Laura, this looks stunning! THANK YOU for the beautiful post.

    4 types of greens, chocolate, cold brew coffee and wine would be in my shopping cart :) All about the balance!ReplyCancel

  • Johanna Woodbury31/03/2016 - 2:39 am

    I’ve cooked brussels sprouts this way a couple times, and I, too, love them.ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout31/03/2016 - 7:32 am

    I totally feel ya! I am always glancing over into other people’s carts (especially if the lineup is getting long) and am relived to see veggies + salty chips stacked up next to each other – all about that balance riiight? This recipe is beautiful, I love the thoughtful pairing of brussels sprouts and miso, sounds like perfection <3ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 1:08 pm

      It was such a good combo. Jeanine’s book is loaded with those simple, but totally genius, flavour pairings :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Erica31/03/2016 - 8:05 am

    The light captured in your photos is insane. I love the sounds of this dish – the flavors and the colors look incredibly fresh! Jeanine’s cookbook sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 1:07 pm

      Stormy clouds were rolling over just when I started photographing this! That’s my favourite kinda light for sure. Hope you get a chance to check out the book :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well31/03/2016 - 10:51 am

    Isn’t this book magical?! I love how its organized and can totally relate with the backwards meal planning too. This miso pasta sauce totally caught my eye and you make it look even more gorgeous here – need to try this brussels cooking method! They’ve always intimidated me a bit for some silly reason. I love your cart-snooping ;) I do the same but at restaurants, always embarrassing Scott by bending all awkward-like while we walk to our table to scope out peoples’ dishes! Whatevs, I wanna see! ;) Happy L&L cooking this week lady, I’ll be doing the same. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Chelsea | Baked Greens01/04/2016 - 5:27 pm

    Oh, this looks absolutely gorgeous! April is such a tough time in Massachusetts when there’s nothing but greens coming out of local farms, but I’m still craving spring veg. I think I’ll make this this weekend with some fresh bok choy and homemade fettuccine.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 1:06 pm

      April is kind of rough on the local food front around here, too. Still tons of root veg, tubers and cabbage ;) I bet this would be delicious with bok choy!
      -LReplyCancel

  • thefolia03/04/2016 - 10:45 am

    You wouldn’t be impressed with my grocery haul…I’m lucky if I remember everything I darted out for and if I can keep up with baby bear running around aisles and pulling price markers. I’m certainly impressed with this dish my son loves Brussel sprouts and pasta…lets she if he likes this combination too! Happy hauling!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 1:05 pm

      I’m slooooowly getting better at remembering my list when I go to the store haha ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Monica04/04/2016 - 9:05 am

    This recipe looks wonderful and easy for me too. I would say three years ago i never looked at what someone was buying but now i look all the time at grocery baskets. I even will put something back since i tend to buy a few more non health items which is a great way to fight the urge when i see a super healthy basket zip by me. Two years ago i made a promise NO more frying anything in my house. it was very difficult since raised in the south you ate something fried once a week. This has been our greatest accomplishment and now to get my husband to try miso!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/04/2016 - 1:01 pm

      That’s so awesome that you’re motivated by other people’s healthy cart-fuls! I don’t think my will power is that strong ;) Hope you’re successful getting your man to try miso! It’s one of my favourite ingredients.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Marry16/04/2016 - 12:44 am

    Made this, liked this! Super easy and just used a regular blender. Didn’t need to add any pasta water to the sauce as it was the perfect consistency. Thanks for sharing this recipe.ReplyCancel

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  • Denise23/05/2016 - 3:11 pm

    This looks amazing!! How long do you think this sauce will keep?ReplyCancel

    • Laura25/05/2016 - 6:28 am

      Hi Denise,
      I think you could keep the sauce covered in the refrigerator for about 5 days or so.
      -LReplyCancel

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  • Cecily25/10/2016 - 10:26 am

    I love their recipes too – have finally got round to ordering their cookbook. BIG into sprouts in pasta, this looks amazing!ReplyCancel

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