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Pasta Mozzarella

This is a nutritious and tasty pasta dish, using whole wheat pasta, Brussels sprouts, a light, tomato-based sauce, pineapple, and melted mozzarella. I like this recipe because it is easy to prepare. It is nutritious, and has a unique flavor.



  • 1 (1 lb.) pkg. whole wheat pasta
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup onion. chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. organic sugar (or 1 tbsp. sweetener)
  • 2 Tbsp. basil
  • 2 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 (29 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 20 large Brussels sprouts
  • 1 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 (14 oz.) pkg. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


Heat water in a large soup pan (you will use this water for the Brussels sprouts and the pasta). Place Brussels sprouts into the water and bring to a boil. Continue cooking on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Remove Brussels sprouts from water, and begin cooking your pasta.


Cut the ends off of each Brussels sprout and peel away as many leaves as you can from each one. set the leaves aside. Chop remaining Brussels sprout parts and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper, mushrooms, pineapple, chopped Brussels sprout pieces and garlic to the olive oil and saute about 5 minutes.

Stir in all other ingredients, except for the Brussels sprout leaves and mozzarella cheese, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes.

Pour sauce over pasta, add Brussels sprout leaves, and stir together

Place pasta on plates, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until melted.

Servings: 8-10
Time:30 Minutes Preparation Time
15 Minutes Cooking Time

By Dawn from Painesville, OH


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April 4, 20110 found this helpful

This sounds really good since I love pineapple but I was wondering what you mean by brussel sprout leaves. Do you mean you take a brussel sprout and dissect it? lol. Or is it the actual leaves?

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April 4, 20110 found this helpful

These flavor combinations sound really, really good but I am wondering if the sugar is used to cut the tinny flavor of the canned diced tomatoes? Just wanting to know in case I try this with fresh unseeded diced tomatoes.

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April 5, 20110 found this helpful

Deeli....I use the sugar because I like to sweeten up any tomato based sauce. You can always add it after test tasting your sauce without it. Thanks for the feedback.


Laniegirl....You boil the brussel sprouts and then peel the leaves off of them...it is easier if you go to the produce section and buy the largest ones you can find. You will use the whole brussel sprout so there is no waste....thanks for the question.

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April 7, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you so much for your info on the sugar, Dawn! Will hold off adding if needed like you suggest. :-)

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