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Pasta and Walnuts in Sage Brown Butter

Angel hair pasta and toasted walnuts coated in sage  brown butter.

Sage brown butter pasta

This meal only took about 20 minutes to pull together.  More than that, it’s absolutely delicious.  Plus my Mr. gave it a two thumbs up.  Win-win!

Don’t be put off by the title.  I know it might sound a little fancy schmancy but it’s easy. You’ll see.

Anyway, I wish you could smell the sage brown butter.  The aroma of the brown butter permeating my kitchen was incredible.

Then I added the sage and the aroma was, well, even more incredible.

So I started off with browning the butter.  The milk solids will sink to the bottom and start to turn brown.  That’s when you remove the pan from the heat, add the sage leaves and let it sit.

Sage Brown Butter PastaThen I toasted the walnuts in some of the sage infused browned butter for about 5 minutes or so.

In between all this the pasta was cooking.

Sage brown butter pastaAll done. I combined the cooked pasta in with the walnuts and sage brown butter.  I tossed and tossed until it was all coated and melded together.  And I ate it.

Sage brown butter pasta

It’s as simple as that.  Now get your fork.

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Pasta in Sage Brown Butter and Walnuts
Angel hair pasta coated in sage infused brown butter sauce.
  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt (plus more for toasted walnuts)
  • ⅓ cup walnuts
  • Parmesan cheese to taste
  1. Add butter and ½ teaspoon salt to a saucepan and melt the butter on medium-high. When it starts to boil turn the heat to medium-low and let it cook until the milk solids sink to the bottom and start to turn brown.
  2. Remove from the heat and toss in the sage leaves. Let it sit.
  3. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to package directions.
  4. In a small skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the brown butter. Don't bring the sage leaves into the skillet.
  5. Toss in the walnuts and toss in a pinch of salt. Stir frequently until toasted being careful not to burn them.
  6. Toss the cooked and drained pasta with the walnuts and the brown butter.
  7. Sprinkle on as much parmesan as you like.
  8. Enjoy!

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30 thoughts on “Pasta and Walnuts in Sage Brown Butter

  1. Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    Norma, this recipe sounds INCREDIBLE. The thought of the sage browned butter alone has me all excited because, hi, browned butter is the best… and adding sage makes it sound even better!

    Wonderful recipe! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    This looks so simple and yet delicious, Norma! Coincidentally, I just wrote my next post which is a spaghetti dish with walnuts and parmesan (among other things!) Great minds definitely think alike! Love the idea of adding the brown butter to this. Got to try that!!

  3. Liz

    Oooh, I love the sound of this combination! First the sage brown butter must taste amazing…and second, walnuts and pasta are the perfect base for the lovely sauce. What a great dish!

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