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Creamy Miso Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

This creamy miso pasta with brussels sprouts is a simple, healthy, and vegan weeknight dinner. Naturally dairy-free and so delicious!
Cuisine Dairy-free, Egg-Free, Plant-Based, Special Diets, Sugar-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword 10 ingredients, all seasons, brussels sprouts, chili, dairy-free, dijon mustard, fall, fall winter, garlic, lemon, miso, orzo pasta, quick, spring, summer, vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 -4

Equipment

Ingredients

Sauce

  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked 3-4 hours + 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 here)
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • chili flakes, optional

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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  • 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.