Football season hits its stride right around the time the first frost-sweetened greens and Brussels sprouts vegetables are harvested. Thatís when the last of the sweet red peppers are coming in, too. For an easy, post-game supper, flash-sautť the veggies and toss them with pasta, bacon and a splash of balsamic vinegar. The dish also makes a welcome addition to a tailgate potluck.
Boil pasta in a large pot of salted water until tender. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium flame. When itís nearly crisp, add shallots, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until shallots are mostly tender, about 2 minutes.
Raise heat to high and stir in Brussels sprouts. Cook, stirring often, until sprouts begin to brown, about 3 minutes. Add collard greens and red pepper pieces; cook, stirring often, until collards are wilted and tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir in vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
When pasta is tender, drain, and toss it in the skillet with the vegetable mixture. Toss in a little Parmesan at this point, too, about 1/4 cup. Serve immediately or at room temperature, sprinkling some additional Parmesan over each serving.
Copyright by Terese Allen