It’s pasta season! Add a twist to the family fave with this cozy, nutty version
Brown butter? Are you into it yet? No? You don’t know what brown butter is? Well, let me tell you. Brown butter is what happens when you heat butter until all the milk solids cook down and slightly brown. What you are left with is warm hazelnutty awesomeness. It is the perfect nutty flavor addition to any dish, from baked goods to, let’s say pasta.
Browning butter takes about fifteen minutes total. Boiling pasta takes about seven minutes. Do you see where I am going with this? You can have dinner that is out of this world and shockingly easy – that is ready in under thirty minutes!
This recipe for Sage & Brown Butter Penne is one of my go-to weeknight meals. I hope it will become one of yours as well.
Ingredients (Serves 4)
• 4 Cups Rotini
• ½ Cup Unsalted Butter
• 7 Sage Leaves, chopped
• 1 Clove Garlic, grated
• Pinch of Salt & Pepper
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the penne to the water and boil for seven minutes.
2. While the pasta cooks, brown the butter. In a large skillet melt the butter over medium/low heat. Keep a close eye on the butter. When it stops crackling and foaming, small brown flecks should start appearing in the bottom of the pan.
3. After about ten minutes, add the sage, grated garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir for three minutes with a rubber spatula, then remove pan from heat to make sure that the garlic and butter doesn’t burn.
4. Drain pasta and add to the skillet with the brown butter sauce.
5. Mix well, transfer to serving bowl, and serve hot with some fresh grated cheese on top.
Readers – what are your favorite go-to pasta dishes?
Stefanie of Sarcastic Cooking has done everything in food from wearing a hair net and working a fryer to inspecting classy restaurants. For now, she’s just happy cooking in her kitchen alongside her pug Weezer, her husband, and most definitely accompanied by a glass of wine.