Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese, and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers, and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check pre-shredded cheese for modified food starch; it's best to grate your own from a block.


"Black and white is salt and pepper of colors, for life tastes bland without them." -Corpkshetra Vikrmn

The refrigerator light goes on...

Brussels sprouts are just a terrific vehicle for so many great flavors. This riff on Cacio y Pepe (linguine with black pepper) is a great example. Simple to toss together and as a base for a piece of fish or grilled chicken it makes a simple, yet elegant meal.


Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 1 cup

This recipe can easily be multiplied and keeps well, refrigerated, for 2-3 days.

1 Lb. Brussels sprouts
2 cups water
1 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. unsalted butter
1 ounce Pecorino-Romano cheese (grated)
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts recipe from Dr. Gourmet

Lay each Brussels sprout on its side. Slice across the sprout, beginning at the top and working toward the stem. The slices should be about 2 - 3 mm thick. Discard the stems.

After all of the sprouts are sliced, pick through the slices and remove the center of the sections that are the solid, tough stem. While doing this, break the slices up into shredded segments.

Place a steamer basket in a medium stock-pot with the water in the bottom of the pot.

Add the shredded sprouts and steam over high heat until slightly tender (about 7 - 10 minutes)

While steaming, place the pepper, olive oil, butter, and cheese in a mixing bowl.

When the sprouts are cooked, immediately add them to the mixing bowl.

Fold together gently, melting the butter, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 cup

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 136 Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7.5g 11%
    Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 242mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 160%
Calcium 20% Iron 10%
Vitamin K 202mcg Potassium 468mg