A “healthy” pesto pasta recipe that uses leftover Christmas Brussels sprouts

A “healthy” pesto pasta recipe that uses leftover Christmas Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are an integral part of Christmas dinner, whether you like them or not – and you may have leftover vegetables in the next few days.

It can be difficult to get rid of the remaining sprouts, and you may end up throwing them away. Alternatively, you can use them in bubbles and squeaks or in a winter soup – or in this pasta recipe.

One food enthusiast shared the recipe on her blog Hedi Hearts, Express reported. “This clean pesto is perfect, easy and delicious if you still want to feel festive, use up all the leftovers and slowly get back to healthy cooking and eating,” Al Hadi said.

“My leftover Brussels sprout pesto recipe will help use up all the leftover sprouts after Christmas for a quick and delicious healthy dinner or lunch idea,” she added.

Read on below to learn how to make this beautiful pasta recipe.

Heidi’s recipe for Christmas leftovers with Brussels sprouts and pesto


  • Two cups of cooked Brussels cabbage, cut in half
  • A third of a cup of walnuts, almonds or pine nuts
  • One clove of garlic, crushed (or more)
  • A quarter cup of coconut oil or olive oil
  • Half a lemon, squeezed
  • Three tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, or nutritional yeast
  • Salt and Pepper


Brussels sprouts go well with this pesto recipe(Image: Getty)
  1. Start by adding the sprouts, nuts, garlic, oil, lemon, and cheese to the blender, and blend until smooth. Add some salt and pepper, as well as some cayenne pepper for a little kick
  2. Boil some pasta and season the sauce as needed. Add to the cooked pasta. Add to the cooked pasta and serve with a little extra Parmesan cheese on top.

Al Hadi added: “I used cooked cabbage, but you can try it raw, but I imagine the flavor is a bit strong. In this recipe, I used Parmesan cheese, but if you are looking for a dairy-free option, use the nutrients.” Alternatively, yeast…works well and adds a delicious cheesy flavour.

“The kids love it too, and sometimes my older child will spread it on toast in the morning.”

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