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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

  • 20 m
  • 30 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“Here we toss nutty roasted sprouts with a quick sun-dried tomato pesto.”


    • 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
    • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 7 tablespoons water, divided
    • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, soft (not oil-packed) or reconstituted and chopped (see Tip)
    • 1 medium clove garlic, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted (see Tip)
    • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
    • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • 2 Toss Brussels sprouts with 2 teaspoons oil, salt and pepper. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon water. Roast for 10 minutes. Stir and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon water. Continue roasting until tender, about 10 minutes more.
  • 3 Meanwhile, place the remaining 3 teaspoons oil and 5 tablespoons water in a food processor; add sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, pine nuts, vinegar and oregano and process until a rough pesto forms. Stir in Parmesan. Toss the Brussels sprouts with the pesto.
  • Tips: For this recipe, look for soft sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil). If you can only find tomatoes that are very dry (and hard), soak in boiling water for about 20 minutes, then drain and chop them before using.
  • To toast pine nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
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