Sage and Honey Brown Butter Sauce

Sage and Honey Brown Butter Sauce

According to the National Pasta Association, 75% of Americans eat pasta on a weekly basis. That percentage increases to 84% if you live in the Northeast. With this consistent consumption, you may find that you’re becoming bored with the weekly red sauce with noodles. Brown butter sauce is a great option to mix things up. It’s so simple you barely need a recipe. With the addition of a few more ingredients, this sauce becomes something truly amazing. It is the perfect compliment to stuffed (e.g., ravioli and tortellini), gnocchi and flavored pastas.

Here’s my recipe for Sage and Honey Brown Butter Sauce:

Pappardelle pasta with sage and honey brown butter sauce

Pappardelle pasta with sage and honey brown butter sauce

 

Sage and Honey Brown Butter Sauce

1 stick unsalted butter

15 fresh sage leaves

2 tbsp. honey

Salt and pepper to taste

1 lb. pasta

Directions:

Heat a deep skillet over medium heat until hot. Add in the butter. Cook for 2-3 minutes. It will start to melt, sizzle and eventually foam up. The butter will begin to brown. Be careful it doesn’t burn. Lower the heat if you need to. Add the sage leaves and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. The leaves will become crispy.

Add the sage leaves and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. The leaves will become crispy.

Add the sage leaves and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. The leaves will become crispy.

Take the sage out and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate. You can use these as a garnish later.

Turn down the heat to low. Stir in the honey, salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions. I chose garlic, chive pappardelle noodles.

Garlic chive pappardelle noodles

Garlic chive pappardelle noodles

Once the pasta is cooked, transfer it to the pan containing the brown butter sauce. Toss the pasta with the sauce to coat evenly.

Transfer the pasta to the pan containing the brown butter sauce and toss together.

Transfer the pasta to the pan containing the brown butter sauce and toss together.

Garnish with the reserved sage leaves and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve it hot. Makes 4-6 servings.

Garnish with the reserved sage leaves.  Serve the pasta hot.

Garnish with the reserved sage leaves. Serve the pasta hot.

The brown butter sauce’s flavor is rich and nutty. It’s very versatile because the star ingredient – butter – pairs well with so many other things.

Sage and Honey Brown Butter Sauce -- from ingredients to finished plate.

Sage and Honey Brown Butter Sauce — from ingredients to finished plate.

 

 

What’s your favorite sauce for pasta?

Have you made a brown butter sauce for pasta?

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