Sprouts with bacon, garlic and onions Sprouts, the little green things that look like mini cabbages. I used to be a firm believer that you either loved them or hated them, but that was before I changed the way in which I cooked them.

This recipe is so easy to make and is delicious with broccoli and asparagus too – you can either mix all the vegetables together, or make them separately.

1 Small white onion
Sprouts – approx 5 per person
2 bacon rashers cut into small squares (vegetarian option, use Haloumi)
1 tsp Olive oil
2-3 Cloves garlic

If using broccoli, use a whole head of broccoli
If using asparagus use approx 3 spears per person : spears should be cut half


  1. Peel any bad leaves off the sprouts and cut off the dry end.
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the prepared sprouts. Boil until soft (approx 8-10 minutes)
  3. Cut the onion into small chunks crush the garlic (or chop very finely)
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan then add the onion, the garlic and the sprouts and bacon.
  5. Cook until the sprouts are browned and the bacon cooked through

If making with asparagus, prepare by cutting off any dry ends and cutting in half or into thirds. Boil as above until soft (approx 6 mins)

If making with broccoli, prepare by cutting off the stem and breaking into small flourets. Boil as above tunic soft, approx 8, minutes.
If you want to make a dish with all the vegetables, just boil as needed then add them all together when adding in the bacon, garlic and onion

You can use salami or chorizo instead of bacon for a spicer dish.
For quickness you can use garlic paste.

Gluten Free: Please note that this is when making the dish WITHOUT the polenta or the Asparagus (some people with gluten intolerance cannot tolerate asparagus)


4 comments on “Savoury Sprouts

    • Hi Christopher, yes- please do! I’m hoping you will be pleasantly surprised. I’m home at my moms in the Midlands at the moment and she tried to make dish but got carried away. She added broccoli and red peppers and carrots and courgette but I have to admit it was great to have my mom try my dishes, but way cooler to have her upgrade it and make it something more fabulous 😀 – let me know how it goes xx

    • Hi Alex,
      I’m so glad you like the recipe, I shared it on my Facebook page last night and was told that it’s popular in Italy to cook sprouts like this. I also has a suggestion to use leeks instead of onion – which is what I am going to try myself.
      Emma xx

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