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Nigella Lawson's controversial Christmas recipe will divide the nation

The TV cook mixed sprouts with two carbs

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Sophie Hamilton
Parenting Editor
1 December 2021
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Hands up who likes sprouts? Well, whether you're a sprout lover or hater, you'll be interested to see Nigella Lawson's latest dinner recipe.

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The TV cook took to her Instagram page to share the recipe for her Hearty Wholewheat Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Cheese and Potatoes – that's right, a sprout pasta bake.

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Not only does Nigella's supper recipe contain the ever-controversial sprout, but she's also combined TWO carbs, both pasta and potatoes. Now, that's seriously indulgent.

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Nigella wrote: "#RecipeOfTheDay celebrates both *the* vegetable of the season and the joy of double carbs: Hearty Wholewheat Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Cheese and Potato. And - in the politest possible way - may I ask the sprout-haters to desist from voicing their ire? If it’s not for you, it’s not for you! Still, you never know: you might surprise yourself by loving it."

The popular cook posted the full recipe over on her website, and writes: "It is not quite normal to feel as joyous as I do when saying the words 'Brussels sprouts', but this recipe does not merely use said much-denigrated ingredient, it also celebrates it."

Nigella says she was inspired by the dish pizzoccheri from Valtellina in Lombardy, Italy, which features tagliatelle, potates, cabbage and Taleggio cheese.

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Nigella's recipe contains a controversial vegetable

Not surprisingly, the recipe got quite the reaction from her Instagram followers, with most posting positive comments about sprouts.

One fan told Nigella: "That looks absolutely DELISH. Love the heartiness of this dish Nigella," while another wrote, "Brussels sprouts? YES! Pasta? Yes yes! Potatoes? Yes yes yes! This recipe is WINNING!"

A third follower said: "Gonna try it!! Although am an Almost Sprout Hater (like them best Fried in garlic & bacon covered in cheese)," but one fan couldn't face sprouts and said, "Swap the sprouts for leeks and [smiley face]."

What about you, HELLO! readers, are you sprout fans?

One of Nigella's followers gave us a giggle writing: "I think people pretend to hate sprouts. Looks delish." While others simply focused on the carb situation: "Double carbs (especially one being sprouts) is exactly what a gloomy Tuesday calls for," wrote one.

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