Whole Grain Penne With Leeks, Pancetta, And Brussels Sprouts

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  • Servings : 24
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Brussels sprouts and pancetta go together like pasta and sauce, so why not combine them all? Caramelized leeks add another dimension of flavor. Bitto is a medium-hard Alpine cheese made from cow’s and goat’s milk. Parmesan would be a fine substitute.


  • 3.3 lb. Barilla Whole Grain Penne
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 each finely diced leeks
  • 1 lb. diced pancetta
  • 4 lb. thinly sliced Brussels sprouts
  • 8 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups shredded Bitto cheese


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Saute the pancetta and leeks in the oil until they are lightly browned. Add the sprouts and saute them until they are browned. Season with salt and pepper and set the mixture aside.

Step 3

For each serving, to order: Reheat 1 1/3 cups pasta in simmering water. Drain and add it to a pan with the vegetable mixture and 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking liquid. Bring everything to a simmer and plate. Garnish with 1 tsp. parsley and about 1 Tbsp. cheese.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 390
Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 11mg
Sodium 243mg
Total Carbohydrate 54g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 4g
Protein 16g

Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 113%
Calcium 13%
Iron 18%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.