Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts Should Be On Your Thanksgiving Menu this Year

Cheesy and lemony with a hazelnut crunch.

By Camille Styles

I’m already obsessed with Brussels sprouts, but when you add parmesan, lemon zest, and hazelnuts to the mix… consider me dead. The fact that it’s almost November means we’ve got Thanksgiving on the brain, but this year we’re taking a slightly different approach to our recipes here on the site. Instead of inundating you guys with lots and lots of recipes to consider, we’re keeping it simple and sharing the exact menu I’m planning to make this year. The one salad, one turkey, one potato, etc., starting out with the only Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts dish you ever need to make again!

This recipe is coming at you hot from my friend Tieghan Gerard’s cookbook, Half Baked Harvest Super Simple‘Cause heaven knows we could all use a little more simple in our lives once the holidays hit, am I right?

I love that this recipe uses shredded Brussels sprouts, which ensures that every leaf gets crispy and caramelized, and there’s zero mush factor which is clutch for people who still have bed memories of soggy steamed sprouts growing up. Tieghan is a genius at coming up with creative twists on familiar foods, and her “Cacio E Pepe” treatment on these riffs off the flavors found in the beloved pasta dish of the same name: butter, parmesan, lemon. With a hazelnut crunch, no less.

Scroll on for the recipe I’ll be serving up at our house this Thanksgiving, and stay tuned for the rest of my menu rolling out over the next two weeks. I am in full-on turkey day planning mode (and I LOVE it.)

And if you haven’t ordered Tieghan’s cookbook yet, get on it! This one has the same gorgeous photographs, food styling, and engaging storytelling we all know and love from her site, Half-Baked Harvest, but the recipes in this new book have fewer ingredients with tons of foolproof meal-prep tips and easy entertaining secrets.

Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4

Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts Should Be On Your Thanksgiving Menu this Year

By Camille Styles


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 12 ounce bag of shredded brussels sprouts (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts or pecans, roughly chopped


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the olive oil, pepper, and red pepper flakes together until toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook, without stirring, until they being to soften, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the butter, season with the salt, and cook until the Brussels sprouts just begin to char, about 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the Parmesan, lemon zest, and hazelnuts.
  3. Serve warm, topped with more fresh Parmesan.

Note: you can carefully shave your own Brussels sprouts using a mandoline, but buying them already prepped is a major time-saver.

Comments (11)

  1. Theresa says:

    What is caleded butter? I’ve heard of clarified butter but I’m not familiar with caleded.

  2. Angelique Meyer says:

    Should this be “salted” butter rather than “caleded” butter???

    1. Camille Styles says:

      sorry, typo! It’s been updated. 🙂

  3. Anna S says:

    So delicious! I will be making these often. Very easy and everyone at my dinner party raved about them! I double the recipe and there was not a single shred of sprout left. Thanks for sharing Tiegan’s recipe!

  4. Gail says:

    If not using salted butter How much salt should be added?

    1. Camille Styles says:

      I’d add about 1/2 teaspoon — but you can do it to taste!

  5. Jeff Perin says:

    The best brussel sprout recipe I’ve ever had. I went back for seconds and plan to make this for my family now. Our friends bought your cook book and made these for us recently. Amazing.

  6. Nora says:

    Not to be a stickler, but where is the cacio??

    1. Isabelle Eyman says:

      Tieghan creates a Cacio e Pepe flavor twist on these Brussels sprouts by using butter, parmesan, and lots of freshly ground pepper and red pepper flakes. “Cacio e pepe” translates to cheese and pepper, so she wanted to make sure she incorporated a lot of those flavors into the dish. Hope you love it as much as we do!

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