The first time I made a brown butter sauce was only a few months ago – and it was a bit of a revelation. I wanted a sauce for home made pasta that wouldn’t be overpowering in the way that a tomato based sauce can. So I found a Mario Batali recipe online that called for simply butter, sage, and lemon. I was kinda skeptical about the lemon, but Mario was right. This simple sauce is so pleasing…it’s perfect for a dish in which you want the pasta to get a little bit of the attention. I have added chopped walnuts to the recipe, but it's good enough without.
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Here’s how I make enough sauce for two:
Half a stick of salted butter
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh sage
1/3 cup of chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
the exact amount of each of the ingredients doesn’t matter too much. It’s just an approximation.
Brown the butter: melt the butter on medium heat and cook it until you see a brown sediment begin to form.
Throw in the sage, walnuts and lemon juice. Cook for another minute or so.