My mom went to San Francisco to visit my brother last week, and she brought home some amaaaazing fresh pasta that she got in the Ferry Building. When I get my hands on really nice pasta, I like to do something simple with it, usually just olive oil and parmesan. Last night, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and try a brown butter sage sauce…and it came out beautifully!
I didn’t really get this recipe from any one place, I’ve just read about how to make it many times. It’s simple; just brown the butter and add the sage! It seems a little scary, because everyone’s like, “Don’t burn the butter!!!” As long as you keep your flame low, you should be fine….and if you do burn it, it’s just a few tablespoons of butter and you can start over!
I see brown butter and sage sauce a lot with gnocchi or butternut squash ravioli. It is rich and feels very decadent, but super easy and inexpensive. This would be great for a dinner party, it would take you away from your guests for only about ten minutes!
Pasta with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce
8 ounces pasta of your choice
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sage leaves, chopped, torn, or whole
Parmesan cheese, grated
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Heat a saucepan on medium heat. Add butter and cook, swirling, until golden brown. It will have a nutty aroma. Turn off the heat and add your sage leaves, let simmer. Toss with pasta, garnish the parmesan, and serve immediately.