For years, I avoided noodle-shaped pasta. It’s not that it tasted any worse or better to me—it was mostly slurpy flashbacks to childhood dinners that turned me off. I chalked it up to subconscious issues, figuring I’d either get over it one day once I discovered what exactly it was—or not.

spaghetti with egg and brusselsAnyway, A few years ago, I magically got over my aversion, and now I get on jags where spaghetti for dinner sounds good. To keep it heart but healthy, I like to load on the veggies and choose a satisfying source of protein. I also find keeping the portion of pasta on the smaller side keeps the meal filling without being overkill.

I especially love poached eggs on spaghetti because, well, any opportunity for fork-swirling yolk-porn should be taken advantage of. I used whole wheat spaghetti for this recipe, but you could use any gluten-free or other variety you prefer. This recipe serves 4, but you can easy scale up or down. Enjoy!


  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 oz spaghetti, cut in half
  • water for boiling
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 c grated pecorino


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss brussels sprouts in olive oil and roast until browned, about 35-45 minutes. Season with salt to taste and set aside.
  2. Fry bacon in a large skillet. Place on paper towels and set aside. When cool enough to handle, crumble into small pieces.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente, about 6-8 minutes, depending on the type of pasta you use.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving a small amount of the cooking liquid. Toss pasta and liquid with brussels sprouts and bacon. Divide amongst 4 bowls.
  5. Add white vinegar to another pot of water and poach eggs. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon.
  6. Top each bowl of pasta with a poached egg and 1 tbsp pecorino.

What’s your favorite way to eat pasta? 







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