Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Hazelnuts

Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Toasted Hazlenuts and Parmesan Cheese-my new favorite pasta dish and I think you are going to love it too! 

Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Hazelnuts Recipe on This pasta dish is amazing!

So I am kind of obsessed with this Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Hazelnuts. It is my new favorite pasta dish! I love everything about it! I made it for lunch and couldn’t get over how good it was!

I kept raving about my pasta to Josh. He couldn’t taste it because he is allergic to hazelnuts. I know, I know, I am a terrible wife for eating such a delicious lunch in front of him, but I couldn’t help myself. And in my defense, he wasn’t home when I started making lunch. He showed up when I was ready to eat so I had to tell him how good it was. This seriously is the best pasta ever!

Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Hazelnuts Recipe on This pasta dish is SO good!

I am always in the mood for pasta. It is my go to comfort food. My favorite pasta is DeLallo’s Organic Whole Wheat Pasta. I love all of the pasta shapes and sizes, especially the Orecchiette. They are the cutest little ears I have ever seen:)

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I had a huge bag of brussels sprouts in the fridge that were begging to be used. I was going to roast them, my standard way of enjoying sprouts, but I decided to add them to my pasta instead. I am SO glad I did!

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The sauce to my pasta is simple, BROWN BUTTER!

You know I am craaaazy about brown butter. I’ve made lots of sweets with brown butter: cupcakes, crispwaffles, syrup, and cookies. Well, brown butter works in savory dishes too! Yes, it does!

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Brown butter, toasted hazelnuts, and brussels sprouts are a mean combination!

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Oh, and I also tossed in some Parmesan cheese because cheese is always a good idea!

Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Hazelnuts Recipe on I could eat this pasta every single day!

I love the nuttiness from the whole wheat pasta, brown butter, and hazelnuts. This pasta dish is nutty all around!

Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Hazelnuts Recipe on My new favorite pasta dish!

I wanted to eat the entire pan of pasta all by myself, but I decided to be nice and share. Since I couldn’t share with Josh, I took some pasta to our neighbors so they didn’t have to cook dinner. They accepted the pasta with open arms and a smile!

I am secretly hoping Josh will not be around for lunch or dinner soon so I can make Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Hazelnuts. I am craving it already! And if Josh doesn’t go away soon, I will make it anyway. He will just have to listen to me go on and on about how amazing this pasta is:)

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Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta with Hazelnuts

Whole wheat pasta with brown butter, brussels sprouts, toasted hazelnuts, and Parmesan cheese. This is my favorite pasta dish!
5 from 2 votes


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta we used DeLallo Organic Whole Wheat Orecchiette
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon shallot minced
  • 2 cups chopped Brussels sprouts stems removed
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • First, brown the butter. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until butter turns golden brown, Skim foam from top, and remove from heat. Pour into a bowl to stop the cooking, leaving any burned sediment behind; set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add a little salt, then add the pasta. Cook pasta to al dente, cooked through but still a little firm. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan over medium heat, toast the hazelnuts until they become lightly browned and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. (You can also toast the hazelnuts in the oven at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes — watch closely to prevent burning.) Place the toasted hazelnuts on a towel and rub together to remove the skin. Roughly chop the hazelnuts and set aside.
  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook for 2 minutes. Add the brussels sprouts and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the pasta and hazelnuts. Pour browned butter over the pasta and sprouts. Stir well. Cook until pasta is heated. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

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  1. Love brussles sprouts so much! Just bought my third ‘tree stalk’ of them from TJs yesterday. Like literally have been eating 200+ sprouts a week for the past few weeks. This is a perfect way to mix it up. pinned

  2. I am so going to try this as I’m a vegetarian and got to find something different to do with sprouts. Love it, thanks.

  3. lol, it must be a Brussels Sprouts kind of day! I made sprouts too, but never thought of pasta with them! What a great idea! I love this recipe!!

  4. I’m actually allergic to hazelnuts too! Maybe I’ll sun in pine nuts 🙂 This looks perfect!

  5. Okay, I think it is about time to get over my fear of brussel sprouts! All these recipes look so good, and yours is pushing me one step closer! Hazelnuts would be lovely with it, yum!

  6. I love pasta and I love brown butter. I need to try this even though brussels sprouts are not on the top of my list. This sounds so good!

  7. Brussels sprouts are my green veggie of choice right now and I LOVE pairing them with pasta! This is a gorgeous dish!

  8. Great job Maria! This looks incredible. Brussel sprouts are delicious–definetely need to try them with browned butter.

  9. This dish looks amazing! Brussels Sprouts are my favorite and brown butter – oh my! This is a must make.

  10. Looks yummy! I bought Brussels sprouts at the store yesterday, I was just going to roast them, but I think I’ll try this recipe instead, thanks! 🙂

  11. I kid you not, I love every single ingredient in this recipe! Brown butter, brussels, pasta..jeez louise, this is fabulous!

  12. This looks so good!! I love roasted brussels sprouts so I bet I’d love them this way! And orechette is my top favorite pasta shape! Yum!

  13. This sounds so delicious! I just made brussels sprouts for the first time recently, I think adding it in with a recipe like this sounds great! PINNING!

  14. I just discovered the ah-may-zing-ness that is browned butter! I am lovin’ all the flavor combos of this pasta…all over that!

  15. I feel silly admitting that I have never had brussels sprouts before – this looks amazing though! Especially with the browned butter! Yum!

  16. oh. my. god.

    for some reason, i bought brussels sprouts last weekend, thinking i would roast them or something. then i saw your post today and knew i had to make this for dinner.

    it was so great! I didn’t have, or go to the store for, hazelnuts, but it was still delicious. thank you so much for the inspiration.

  17. Good grief, Maria! This is all I want to cook through the end of winter! Love brussels sprouts, love brown butter, love hazelnuts, love whole wheat pasta.

  18. I have been loving EVERYTHING Brussels sprout lately. Between shaved Brussels sprouts and ‘orange’ vegetables, I am either going to turn bright green or orange with how much I have eaten in the last week! I agree that Orecchiette are the cutest little ears ever. They make eating pasta extra fun and are chewier than other shapes. <3
    I bet some pancetta would be wonderful in this recipe too.

  19. I feel like singing, “these are a few of my favorite things!!” Anyone else?? I love brussels sprouts, hazelnuts, pasta, and BROWN BUTTER! Great recipe 🙂

  20. Sorry to say, I have never, ever eaten nor cooked Brussels sprouts and wow! They are like little bits of green heaven, this recipe was a great introduction to this vegetable, my house smelled delicious after cooking this dish! Thanks!! 🙂

  21. This looks fantastic. I haven’t met a brown butter sauce I didn’t like — especially when mixed with pasta!

  22. I made this last night and it was really good. The only thing I would ask would be in the directions while making the browned butter giving a time estimate would have been very helpful. I had never made browned butter so I was going by the color in your picture, but a ballpark time would have been awesome. Thanks for recipe!

  23. I made this tonight for dinner and it was SOOO good. The buttery-garlicky flavor was amazing! Oh, just so good. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the great, easy recipe

  24. Maria, I usually don’t buy hazelnuts can other nuts be substituted? I’ve never heard of or made brown butter. Do you have to use butter? Since we try to eat healthier I don’t use butter or margarine much. I use Smart Balance. Can you let me know if you can make brown butter using Smart Balance?
    Thank you.

  25. Oh Maria! I made this pasta tonight and it was amazing! Hubby loved it, too – will definitely make again. So delicious – thank you!!

  26. I made this last night and was looking so forward to it. Unfortunately, my husband and I were very disappointed. There was hardly any flavor, at all. I had never made brown butter before, so, like a previous poster, I did n’t have any clue how long it would take. Maybe I didn’t cook it long enough? I also think maybe roasting the brussel sprouts instead of sautéing might give them more flavor? Not sure. Would like to try again, but am hesitant.

  27. Lovely dish. Made this tonight with a couple of replacements as I did not have everything on hand. I love pasta dishes that have you add the cheese at the end as I love cheese but my husband unfortunately doesn’t. We enjoyed this a lot even I did have to un-vegetarian it for my picky husband by adding bacon to his portion. Thanks for a great pasta dish!

  28. I think adding hazelnuts is an interesting idea, especially with pasta and Brussels sprouts. Love your brave exploration of flavors; and you’ve certainly motivated me to re-create this recipe; so, thanks for sharing your creation!

  29. Just made this today for the first time, except I subbed #3 spaghetti for the pasta you used since I didn’t have any on hand. The recipe is rich of course and I was skeptical regarding the lack of spices but you know what this turned out to be a 5-star recipe! Next time I will look into incorporating mustard seeds or mustard, or horseradish. Just a smidge to see how it’ll affect the b sprouts.

  30. This recipe is delicious! I’ve made it several times. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t find hazelnuts in the store, so I used a can of garbanzo beans (rinsed) instead – even browned them – and they actually went great with the other flavors! Now they are my regular “substitute!” Thank you for this excellent dish!

  31. OMG! This is delicious! I loved the flavor combinations between the butter, Brussels sprouts, and the hazelnuts. This is the best pasta dish that I’ve had! Its definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing

  32. 5 stars
    I didn’t have hazelnuts on hand but made this anyways! I’m a brussel sprouts fans and this was delicious! The brown butter sauce with the nutty & salty parmasean so so good <3