Assuntine with Carmelized Brussel Sprouts and Butter Browned Panko

  • 8 oz Assuntine tri-color pasta (I used whole wheat, tomato, spinach combo bag)
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp vegan butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 10 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup dry, strong chardonnay or Pinot Blanc
  • 2/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dry roasted sunflower seeds, crush a bit


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and keep warm.
  2. Melt 1/2 tblsp butter in a small skillet over medium heat; swirl to coat. Add panko to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl in 1 tblsp butter, get it foamy and swirl to coat. Add Brussel sprouts to pan; sprinkle with sugar, cook 2 minutes, shaking, flipping around occasionally. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until onion is tender and the Brussels sprouts and onion are lightly browned. Add wine, cook 1 min, add broth and next 5 ingredients (through pepper). Cover and cook 2 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are crisp-tender. Add Brussels sprouts mixture to pasta; toss well. Sprinkle with about a tsp of sunflower seeds and panko. Serve immediately.

28 responses to “Assuntine with Carmelized Brussel Sprouts and Butter Browned Panko

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  2. I just printed it out! 🙂

    • NIce! Let me know what you think! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA..I’ve been studying and interviewing to get hired back in my field. I hope all is well with you! Did you need a wheelbarrow after your Birthday dinner!? 😉

      • No, a C 130 heavy lifter transport plane got me back! What ‘field’ are you in? I was outstanding in my field… then I realized I had stepped in a pile of cow plop!

        • Haha!! Thank you for always making me laugh 🙂
          I’m a laid off pilot. I have interviews with 3 airlines this month, hopefully resulting in a pilot class start date of December 😉

          • I knew a pilot (female) I think she flew a G3. She and I worked for a lunatic selling yachts out of West Palm Beach back in 2000 ( Memories…Shudder!) She was smart and returned to flying, I wasn’t and stuck around till I went broke. My son fly’s a Citation 10. I have a whole herd of friends that fly. My best budd went down near Boynton beach in his experimental… that was sad. But all in all, flying with them has been a lot of fun 🙂

          • Wow you do know a lot of pilots! And you have had a most colorful range of experiences, just from the very little I know! Sounds like there’s some incredible stories to be told and to hear

          • I’ve been told I was born to tell stories 🙂 Tales on the other hand are different. They’re made up of stretched truth and are mainly told to get out of trouble or to impress a lady. Neither worked well for me as I have a face that yells, “He lyin’ his boots off!” So I try to stick close to the truth in my stories… for the most part anyway 🙂
            Well, I guess you could say I’ve been around (not in the floozy sense, just in life experiences.) Even though I’m most at home wearing boots and my cow hat, I do dabble in more modern adventures too. Here’s a link to my meager source of income.
            I personally can’t fly, blined in one eye, I can’t judge distance. The funny thing is, I can drive expertly but I don’t think landing a plane would be wise…or safe!
            Most of my friends that fly do so for private owners (Hawkers, etc, etc). My son used to fly the Cleveland Clinic Jet picking up or delivering organs and Doctors. He left that because he hated taking off from Aspen (which he had to frequently do…a very dangerous place to have an engine fart out on ya’. it did twice on him. He climbed out on one engine but he felt he was pushing his luck.)
            Take care my friend, I always get excited when I see your comment waiting for me 🙂

          • Gosh that’s amazing how many pilots are circling around in your life (lol no pun intended). Where is your son flying now? I’m interviewing with ExpressJet, Republic Airways, and GoJets…..can’t wait!
            I looked at your link, I’ve never put a name to those carts in my mind. It’s ok if you’re blind in one eye for moving those carts! I have this image in my mind that something out on the trail happened to your eye…You’ll have to tell me the story (or tale ;)) if you can share it.
            It’s always great to hear from you too 🙂

          • I’d tell the story but its not a good one so i’ wouldn’t put it up on this site. Email, yes? Site no 🙂
            The carts hold silk screens for the production of screen printing Tshirts. Its more than just a cart, I’ve created an entire production system using the carts. Large printing firms are still operating like it’s 1860! This cart and the system moves the carts screens and inks through the production process from ink room to press to screen blow out room without the press operator having to step away from the press. Right now press operators still hand carry the inks and screens around then lean the screens against walls and poles to keep them from falling over. The cart eliminates all that 🙂
            So where will you be flying out of?

          • Look at you bringing them a century forward!
            I don’t know yet, it depends who I’m flying for 😉

          • Good luck with the interviews!!! What are the classes for?

          • Thanks!! The classes come once they hire you. They put you in class for whichever jet they’re putting you in.

          • Yup, I know how that is. I was fortunate when my son had to take his Citation classes here in Florida at Embry – Riddle. Now he’s out in California working for his twin brother but still jumps in a seat to stay current. Let me know if the send you to Fla! Joe

          • Ahhhhh so he’s out in California. You should let him know that their is an extreme pilot shortage happening, if he wants to fly again. Give me your email address and I’ll forward an article you can send to him. He should have a good look at it.
            I’ll let you know if they send me to Florida. I know one interview and sim session is in Fl at this point. Then we go from there. Wish me luck!

          • I know they have simulators at Embry, near west palm beach.
            My email is
            Right now he and his twin brother are getting my little recording studio together so I can do my MP3 audio books. It’s just a digital 4 channel job but the actual recorder dismounts and can opperate on battery power so I can go out to the deep woods or desert and record natural sounds to play in the background of my story recording. I need 1 hour of campfire sounds, some coyotes and frog peepers etc. This way I can make it sound like I’m really at a campfire telling the story to a group around the fire. I want to do my maw maw cookbook stories too but need a female voice for that. Hmmm???? LOL Joe

          • Wow your audio books sound like they’re going to be awesome!
            Lol, you know I did radio very briefly a long time ago 😉

          • Ooooooo, do I hear a comrade in vocals here? LOl

          • Lol I wouldn’t claim to be….but I like to sing 😉

          • I sang out loud once while camping. Bigfoot came and punched my face for insulting his mother. I was then arrested by the dept of Agriculture for drying up all cows in the nearby dairy farms. I’ll leave the singing to you! 🙂

          • LOL! Thanks for the morning chuckle!

          • He he! “Figaro, Figaro!” Oh crap, bigfoots knocking on my door again!

          • Lol..better than dogs howling when you sing?… 😉

          • Dogs are smart…. they run!

  3. petit4chocolatier

    Wow, Wow, Wow!!! I love everything about this recipe; especially the tri-color pasta and wine! I never thought of Brussels sprouts in pasta; wonderfully delicious!

  4. Looks good, truly, but help me out…what is vegan butter made from?

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