Sage and Brown Butter Penne Recipe

It’s pasta season! Add a twist to the family fave with this cozy, nutty version

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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.

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5. Mix well, transfer to serving bowl, and serve hot with some fresh grated cheese on top.

Bon appétit!

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.

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  1. Profile photo of mandabear

    Thank you for this recipe @sarcasticcooking! I may try to make this tonight actually. My boyfriend and I love really simple recipes because we are no kitchen experts. A recent favorite recipe was one that I got from Smitten Kitchen. It’s a goat cheese pasta dish that is seasoned with tarragon and lemon. Very delicious and easy peasy! If I do end up making this I will come back with the results :) :)
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    I admit it, I hate browned butter! It tastes too sweet to me. That said, my husband loves it and considering the fact that I can’t eat pasta anyway, it would be a perfect side dish to make for him! Thanks for the simple inspiration!

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    Tyna Werner

    All right @sarcasticcooking you’ve shared some super yummy dishes here already, but this one could be my favorite yet! I’ve been dreaming of pasta all day after seeing those pictures and can’t wait to try this recipe out. I love brown butter – and this is a nice change of pace from a tomato based pasta. Add some nice cheese on top and some crusty bread on the side and I am one happy girl!
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    I just tried eating/making browned butter for the first time this year and it was AMAZING. It’s so easy and so incredibly delicious. I love making a penne with browned butter and balsamic reduction and asparagus, and also “Beggar’s Pasta” which has browned butter, dried fruit and nuts. Sooo good.

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