water, as needed to thin (about ¼ cup, if necessary)
for the pasta:
8 oz. pasta, plus some reserved pasta water
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups of brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
a few pinches of red pepper flake
salt & pepper, to taste
Toast your hazelnuts well. (In a 300 degree oven for 15 or so mins, or in a skillet for about 5).
Make the sauce by pureeing the hazelnuts, garlic, tahini, lemon and olive oil in a high speed blender. Drizzle water, as necessary to get your blade moving. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook pasta according to the package directions.
In a large skillet heat olive oil. Add the shaved brussels sprouts into the skillet in one layer (you might have to work in batches if they don’t all fit). Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Let them cook for a minute or so (until they begin browning), and flip. Cook for another couple of minutes until the edges are golden.
Remove the brussels sprouts from the pan and toss them with the pasta and as much or little sauce as you like. Add a little pasta water, as needed, to create a creamy sauce. Top with toasted hazelnuts and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Raw cashews, walnuts, or blanched almonds can be substituted for the hazelnuts.
I used quinoa noodles but use whatever pasta you like.