"No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut."--Channing Pollock

Tortellini with brown butter and sage Recipe

  Tried it? Rate this Recipe:


This recipe for Tortellini with brown butter and sage, by , is from THERE YOU HAVE IT!, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Patricia Monson


Kosher salt
¾ cup walnuts
5 garlic cloves
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
16 sage leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. store-bought cheese tortellini or tortelloni
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 oz. Parmesan, finely grated (about ½ cup)

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, do some prep. First, chop ¾ cup
walnuts so they’re roughly the size of peas.
2. Smash 5 garlic cloves, peel, and discard skins. (You don’t want the cloves to be obliterated,
but smashed enough create plenty of surface area.)
3. Cut ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter into 8 pieces and transfer to a large skillet. Heat skillet
over medium-low and cook butter, swirling often, until just melted, 2–3 minutes.
4. Add walnuts and garlic and continue to cook, stirring often with a heatproof spatula, until nuts
and garlic are light golden brown and butter solids are browned as well, 3–4 minutes longer. It
will get very foamy and hard to see the bottom of the skillet, so use spatula to drag through
butter—you should leave a trail of little brown specks in your wake (a.k.a. toasty, delicious
milk solids).
5. Add 16 sage leaves and cook (still over medium-low heat), stirring constantly, until sage
crackles and is dark green and crisp, about 1 minute longer. Remove skillet from heat. Hot
tip: If you think things are getting too dark, add a splash or two of pasta cooking liquid to the
hot pan; this will halt the browning process. Season with 1½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper.
6. Cook 1 lb. store-bought cheese tortellini (or other stuffed pasta) in boiling salted water
and set a timer according to package directions, but start checking doneness a minute early.
Fresh pasta packages are often a little generous with their cook times, so it pays to check
Stir pasta once or twice as it cooks to ensure it cooks evenly.
7. When pasta is cooked, drain and transfer to butter sauce. Return skillet to medium heat and
cook, stirring and tossing, until pasta is well coated in sauce, about 30 seconds. Remove
from heat and stir in 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar. Taste sauce and add more salt if needed.
8. Divide tortellini among plates. Sprinkle with 2 oz. Parmesan and a few good cranks of




Learn more about the process to create a cookbook -- or
Start your own personal family cookbook right now!  Here's to good eating!

Search for more great recipes here from over 500,000 in our family cookbooks!


Bookmark and Share




Cookbooks are great for Holiday Gifts, Wedding Gifts, Bridal Shower ideas and Family Reunions!

*Recipes and photos entered into the Family Cookbook Project are provided by the submitting contributors. All rights are retained by the contributor. Please contact us if you believe copyright violations have occurred.

Search for more great recipes here from over 500,000 in our family cookbooks!