Brussels sprout season gets it’s last hurrah in this deliciously creamy lemony goat cheese and mascarpone pasta with caramelized brussels sprouts.
lemony goat cheese mascarpone pasta with caramelized brussels sprouts

While everyone else was making things that make you go ahhhhh on Valentine’s Day…I was making Brussels sprouts.


The harbingers of love! romance! passion!



Or, you know, the harbingers of a grumpy husband who is irritated that you’re forcing him to eat his very least favorite vegetable on the Day of Hallmark Love.

In my defense…it was for his own good.


Also in my defense, he lost one hand from my favorite ONLY pair of gloves in the laundry yesterday, so we can’t feel too bad for him.

The way I see it is he got what was coming for him…a month early.


Also also in my defense, Brussels sprouts are NOT PUNISHMENT!

They are fabulous, and especially so when they are cut up into the skinniest of slivers, sauteed until barely caramelized and then soaked in a creamiest of cream sauces that is comprised of all good things, but namely mascarpone, goat cheese, and heavy cream. My goodness.

Oh, and did I mention the pound of pasta that gets all tossed up in there?

It’s about to get hott in here.


I considered holding off on sharing this until next year, when spring wasn’t about to knock on our door, but then I realized this beyond decadence might be our last hurrah before we have to start considering the nightmares formerly known as “bathing suits” as viable outerwear, – a proposition that I refuse to entertain on an empty stomach.

So, lemony cheesy brussels sprouty pasta for everyone!! If we’re going to “last chance meal”it, we are going to do it right.


Lemony Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Pasta with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprout season gets it's last hurrah in this deliciously creamy lemony goat cheese and mascarpone pasta with caramelized brussels sprouts.
Yield: 5-6 servings
  • 1 lb fusilli pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup parsley, minced
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta in the salted water until al dente, according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic to the skillet and saute for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Stir in the brussels sprouts, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. Saute until the brussels sprouts are tender and almost caramelized, about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the mascarpone, heavy cream, milk, and goat cheese. Simmer until the cheeses have melted and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  3. Toss the creamy brussels sprout sauce with the pasta. Serve warm topped with parsley for garnish.
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 plate

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lemony goat cheese and mascarpone pasta with caramelized brussels sprouts

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61 Responses to Lemony Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Pasta with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    The first brussels sprouts of the season are appearing in our supermarkets – I am super excited!
    Thanks for this recipe, it’s perfect for the autumn weather we’ve been experiencing.

  2. I don’t think you need to apologise for serving this at any time of the year! I’ve recently discovered kalettes, which I think would be so delicious with this too!

  3. I seriously wish we could just have Brussels sprouts year, instead of just a season because I LOVE THEM SO.
    And with goat cheese, mascarpone and carby pasta goodness. I AM DEAD. Pinned!

  4. Stop. Just stop.
    This dish looks sooooo good!!!!

  5. Well I certainly would fall in love with you over this meal so it seems perfect Vday material to me;-)

  6. Zainab says:

    Uhmmm these are a far cry from punishment! U make Brussel sprouts look sexy and I’m all in!

  7. Joanne, I’ve got to know . . where on earth did you get that fusilli pasta? Whole Foods? and what brand is that? oh my gawd, looks so good!!

  8. Goat cheese AND mascarpone AND brussels AND pasta = you are my hero. I’m totally in love with this creamy, dreamy dish!

  9. Meg says:

    I am a huge fan of Brussels sprouts — a veggie I discovered late in life because my parents hate them. And I’ve totally been making up for lost time ever since. This looks fantastic, and I love that pasta shape! So cool!

  10. Sprouts need to be used in more dishes I think. They are massively under rated. I am loving the sound of this.

  11. First of all, if he didn’t like Brussels sprouts before, I’d imagine this won him over. What a beautiful creation. Absolutely love all of these flavors together. And who doesn’t love a big bowl of creamy pasta?

  12. Hey girl, brussels spouts are a love food to me!! This dish looks FAB!

  13. SallyBR says:

    Methinks it is a perfect V-day meal, but I must admit that my beloved would not be thrilled…

    I love your fusilli pasta, which is quite sexier than the type I can find on this neck of the woods. Very cute!

  14. I adore Brussels sprouts a lot! This is a great any day meal, Joanne.

  15. Julia says:

    I would have happily accepted brussels on the Hallmark Holiday! Can’t ever get enough of those tasty critters. Your spiral noodles are I can barely stand it! I need this pasta all over my life!

  16. Ummmm basically this looks amazing, LEMON and MARSCAPONE and BRUSSELS OMG!

  17. Pam says:

    A bowl full of tasty goodness!

  18. Brussels sprouts are far from punishment. They’re beyond delicious! And so is this goat cheese pasta. Droooooooool

  19. Um holy cow. I want this SO badly now! I am definitely still in creamy carb mode, so this is perfect!

  20. Rachel says:

    this is beautiful! i fall into the camp of – i don’t love brussels sprouts unless they are prepared in a similar style to this…creamy or roasted and crispy 🙂 love the fusilli here, it is lovely!

  21. I am so glad you didn’t hold off and shared this today – I adore Brussels sprouts – with lemon and cheesy goodness they are irresistible!

  22. oh man! what a decadent brussels sprouts dish 🙂

  23. Lori R. says:

    Huge Brussels sprouts fan! And when you put them in cheesy pasta? What can’t that make better?! This looks so good!

  24. Brussels sprouts in pasta with lemony goat cheese! I want a huge bowl now!

  25. mira says:

    Love brussels sprouts! Definitely my kid of dish! Pinned!

  26. Asha says:

    Don’t know why brussel sprouts gets the beating from few, they are super gorgeous and well done in this way taste amazing.
    Girl, this dish is so full of flavors and yum.

  27. Kelly says:

    Caramelized brussels sprouts with lemony goat cheese does not sound like punishment to me! It looks amazing especially with the pretty fusilli pasta! Love it!

  28. I love to have new ideas for ways of using brussels sprouts, this is great!

  29. Daniela says:

    My husband isn’t a huge Brussels sprout fan either but I think with this pasta treat I could convince him 🙂
    Looks fantastic.

  30. Beth says:

    I’ve fallen in love with brussels sprouts this winter. What a gorgeous pasta!

  31. cheri says:

    This looks really good Joanne, I love Brussels sprouts.

  32. Sues says:

    If you don’t like brussels sprouts, I think this is probably the BEST possible way you can be”forced” to eat them. This looks just lovely 🙂

  33. There would be no forcing of me eating this delicious-looking pasta dish. Just maybe force to keep me from eating the entire thing in one sitting.

  34. Kate says:

    Brussels sprouts are my language of love.

  35. This looks amazing Joanne! Love that you mixed Brussels sprouts into the pasta. Will be making this for dinner this week for sure. Thanks!

  36. Mary Frances says:

    Haha I like the way you do love Joanne 🙂 Brussels sprouts are for sure fabulous, I love em so much. This pasta is just perfection!

  37. Looks like the perfect Valentine’s meal to me!

  38. Krista says:

    I adore Brussels sprouts, truly. And this pasta is something that my dreams are made of. 🙂

  39. Kim says:

    This pasta looks heavenly! I’m filing this under my “must make soon” list. No way I can wait until next year.

  40. Lauren says:

    Your pasta recipes are freakin’ amazing, can’t wait to try this one!

  41. Sounds like a great way to serve Brussels sprouts and pasta. So yummy!

  42. I love Brussels sprouts and thankfully so does Dave 🙂

  43. Nicola says:

    You had me at goat cheese!! No, you had me at mascarpone!? Guess I’m not sure, but either way this pasta looks delicious. And it’s definitely not too late for Brussels sprouts, I always rush through to the next season but Brussels sprouts are too good. Enjoy them.

  44. “He got what was coming to him a month early” -> I love your reasoning 😀

    This would win my husband over I think, and he is definitely not on the brussels sprouts wagon!

  45. Brussels sprouts should be served on Valentine’s Day because who wouldn’t love them. Also, like 15 years ago I went to the zoo with my parents and other family members. My mom lost one of my gloves. That is all I remember about that day. The Boy better be warned!

  46. I love every single ingredient in this pasta dish and I can definitely finish off an entire bowl before thinking about bathing suit season!

  47. Eileen says:

    Somehow I have not eaten any brussels sprouts at all this winter! Must fix that before they vanish entirely. 🙂

  48. That cheesy goodness is evident in the photos, delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  49. This looks perfectly Valentines-y to me. And you know I love Brussels sprouts – gorgeous pasta, Joanne!

  50. Dude. I cannot even tell you how badly I want this. How does anyone not like brussels? Or goat cheese? They’re my BFFs!

  51. Mmmm – can’t wait for the Brussels Sprouts season:)

  52. One, this is ridiculous in the best way possible! Two, weird question, but: what fusilli do you use? Yours seems super long and totally delicious 🙂 Pinning!

  53. Johanna GGG says:

    that looks delicious – I would be very happy to be served that dish on any day – and I would love to know where odd gloves and socks go – can imagine a secret world where they all live free and happy

  54. Courtney says:

    This looks SO good! I love every ingredient in this recipe. How have I never had Brussels sprouts in pasta before? This is going on the menu for this weekend.

  55. Lynn says:

    I love brussels sprouts so much – I’ll have to try this one. And I feel your pain about losing one of your favorite gloves – that happened to me, too. 🙁

  56. Just made this with Brussels left from Christmas! Didn’t have any goats cheese so used Parmesan instead, it was delicious! Thanks

  57. Angela says:

    Just made this tonight! I accidentally got the garlic and herb goat cheese but I am digging it regardless. The red pepper flakes add the perfect kick!

  58. Michelle says:

    I just found this on Pinterest and can’t wait to make it. I love brussels sprouts and have finally convinced my hubs that he likes them.

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