A quick, easy meal that also happens to be easy on the wallet
While waiting for pasta water to boil cook pancetta: Place pancetta in a large skillet and cook until slightly crispy. Remove from pan and allow to cool, then chop. Use a paper towel to soak up excess pancetta fat but do not clean pan. While cooking pancetta prep Brussels sprouts, garlic, cheese and measure out cream
When water boils add pasta and stir well. Cook to package directions.
When pasta has about six minutes cooking time left, place 3 tablespoons butter to same skillet used to cook pancetta and turn on med/high heat
Strain pasta in a colander (do not rinse) add to pan with Brussels sprouts
Add cream, pine nuts and the last tablespoon of butter, sea salt and pepper to taste (keep in mind pancetta and Parm are salty, so be conservative)
Serve: plate pasta, sprinkle with shaved Parm and red pepper flakes (if you like a little kick). Eat!