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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese

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This recipe for Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese is simply delicious! It’s the perfect addition to any holiday meal and it makes a nice side dish for week night dinners as well. It’s not to hard to make and it’s definitely one of my favorite ways to eat brussel sprouts.
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese

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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese

If you’ve never seen brussel sprouts growing, this is what they look like. They’re basically little cabbages growing up a stalk. The picture above shows very small sprouts, and they normally grow a bit bigger.

In addition to tasting great, brussel sprouts are incredibly nutritious. They look a little like a cabbage, but taste much better in my opinion. According to Nutrition and You, they are a great source of Vitamins A, K, and C, are rich in B Complex vitamins, full of anti-oxidants, and are also a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Nutrition and You mentions all kinds of  cancer fighting properties that brussel sprouts have and claim that these vegetables should be eaten on weight loss programs because they have a low glycemic value and are low in calories.


If you’d like to try brussel sprouts, I highly recommend cooking them in the following manner. NOTE – this recipe is likely NOT low in calories…because of the BACON. But truly, bacon is the key to many a person’s heart. Don’t leave it out! {But do source a high quality bacon.}

Let’s make this delicious brussel sprout side dish recipe!

blankFirst, fry up some bacon – 3-4 pieces is plenty. I use nitrate free bacon I buy at Costco. It’s YUMMY! I just use my kitchen scissors to cut up a few pieces and then cook them over medium high heat in a nice cast iron skillet.

blankThen, clean the brussel sprouts. Make sure you check your bacon! Don’t want to burn it…

blankCut the sprouts in half and remove any outer leaves that look bad. Your bacon should be done by now. Remove it from the pan so it doesn’t burn. Reserve half the bacon grease and leave the rest in the pan.

blankNow, take those little brussel sprouts and put them cut side down right in all of that delicious bacon grease. And leave them alone. Let them cook like this {medium heat} for about 5 minutes.

blankAfter 5 minutes, stir up the sprouts and add a handful of pine nuts. If the pan looks a little dry, add a bit of the reserved bacon grease. After the pine nuts look nice and toasty, add the bacon bits back in and top everything off with freshly grated parmesan cheese.blank


Yield: 4-6 side dish servings

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3-4 pieces nitrate free bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 lb brussel sprouts, washed and halved
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cut bacon and fry until crispy in a cast iron skillet. Drain half the bacon grease and reserve.
  2. Place halved brussel sprouts cut side down and fry in the bacon grease for about 5 minutes. Do not stir the sprouts during these first 5 minutes.
  3. Then, stir sprouts and add pine nuts. Cook 5-7 more minutes.
  4. Garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese, salt & freshly ground pepper, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 744Total Fat: 63gCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 39g

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Would you eat these Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pine Nuts & Parmesan Cheese? Share another favorite way to eat brussel sprouts, if you have one!

For more delicious side dish recipes, check out these posts:

Baked Camembert with Pomegranate & Hazelnuts

Easy Buttery Carrots

Green Beans w/ Garlic & Toasted Almonds

Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus Spears

Pepper Jack Mashed Potatoes


This recipe for brussel sprouts with bacon, pine nuts & parmesan cheese is a delicious side dish - perfect for holiday meals or serving on a busy weeknight!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


    • blankOmi says

      I cook them in a lower calorie manner but still delicious. I just steam them in water until done. After they are done, I squeeze fresh lemon juice over them, season with salt and pepper, and top with Parmesan cheese. Low in calories, but still tasty. I have to admit that your recipe does sound really, really delicious! Maybe those of us who have to watch calories might not have an additional meat dish when cooking your recipe!

  1. blankAnnie says

    Yum! I’m going to pin this recipe!

    I’ve been cooking them a lot lately. My favorite is probably just sauteed in bacon fat. I also made a very yummy version using bacon, brown sugar, maple syrup and apple juice. I found that recipe here if you are interested.

  2. blankMiz Helen says

    Hi Michelle,
    We grow Brussel Sprouts in our garden and just love them. I really like your addition of pine nuts to this recipe, it looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. blankRuth Cataldo says

    These look so so good! I am a huge fan of Brussels sprouts and these look better than any I have made before. I must try them! I am doing a Thanksgiving Round-Up Series next week on my blog and I would love to share this recipe. Please email me if you are happy for me to include this recipe (and any other Thanksgiving delights you may have to share!) Ruth x

  4. blankOdette @ World of Sauces says

    Wow, it looks delicious!
    One of the healthiest vegetables is Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts contain high amounts of vitamins C and K. They are also a good source of choline, copper, potassium and the brain health promoting omega 3 fatty acids.
    Unfortunately my kids don’t like it 🙁 I will try this recipe for sure! Maybe they will change their minds 😉
    Thank you!

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