Brussels Sprouts in a creamy parmesan garlic alfredo sauce topped with crispy bacon is our favorite way to eat brussels sprouts. A quick and easy holiday-worthy side dish that comes together in one-pan!
Brussels Sprouts Recipe:
Homemade Alfredo sauce makes these brussels sprouts irresistible. It is so easy to make, has simple ingredients and comes together in minutes! Alfredo sauce is the easiest way to elevate a home cooked meal to a restaurant quality dish, like our chicken alfredo or creamy shrimp alfredo.
Cook’s Tip: The key to a great Alfredo sauce is to bring the sauce just to a simmer after adding the parmesan so the cheese just melts into the sauce and makes it smooth. If you overcook Alfredo, the cheese will curdle.
How to Select Brussels Sprouts:
Brussel sprouts are grown on long stocks but most grocery stores sell them as sprouts cut off the stock. We source organic brussels sprouts from Costco and they come in 2 lb bags. Choose brussel sprouts with:
Smaller heads which indicate younger, sweeter, tender sprouts
Bright green and firm heads
Tightly packed leaves
Avoid: large sprouts, discolored leaves and black spots which indicate fungus
How to Trim Brussel Sprouts:
The process is easy peasy. Cut off the tough, browned base, slice in half and discard any browned or rough leaves, which tend to fall off on their own once you slice the sprouts.
How to Cook Brussels Sprouts in Alfredo Sauce:
This recipe is so easy and comes together in 1 pan. Cooking the sprouts in the bacon grease gives them incredible depth of flavor but you can use olive oil for a lighter dish.
Cook the bacon until browned then transfer to a plate keeping 3 Tbsp oil in pan
Add trimmed sprouts and season with salt and pepper, cook until tender
Add garlic followed by cream, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese.
Season to taste, bring to a simmer and garnish with bacon to serve.
How to Reheat Brussels Sprouts:
This recipe reheats really well and tastes just as good the next day. As with any Alfredo-based recipe, reheat over lower heat, stirring occasionally so the sauce does not separate.
I hope you are inspired to make this easy, excellent side dish. It comes together quickly but it is a show stopper that’s loaded with flavor!