Brown Butter Pasta

brown butter pasta

I have always been one of those moms that usually fixes a big dinner on Sunday but this Sunday I just wasn’t in the mood.   With everything going on over the weekend I hadn’t planned  very well. When you are an empty nester you can do that

Since we don’t shop on Sunday I had to make due with what I had in the house.  I had to get  bit creative.

I had a bag of leftover plain cooked pasta.  Some tomatoes from the garden and a bag of fresh spinach.Yeah, the pantry was pretty bare.

Then I remembered this yummy brown butter pasta dish I had had at a local restaurant several years ago that used brown butter, tomatoes, hazelnuts, garlic and spinach so I decided to recreate that for our dinner.
Browned Butter Pasta
Because I am an Oregonian I had some toasted hazelnuts in my pantry.  Hazelnuts(filberts) are the State nut for Oregon.  Does your state have an official nut??  My hazelnuts came from the bulk section of Winco but you can usually find them in the baking aisle too.  If you can’t find hazelnuts try using walnuts.
Browned Butter Pasta

I started out by browning a cube/stick of butter.  When browning butter, heat it over medium heat until it starts to turn golden then remove it.  It can go from browned to burnt quickly so keep a close eye on it.
Browned Butter PastaI then sauted some garlic in some olive oil and added in two handfuls of fresh spinach.
Browned Butter Pasta
As soon as it starts to wilt add in the chopped fresh tomato.
Browned Butter Pasta
Then add in the pasta, the nuts and the browned butter and stir.
Browned Butter Pasta
The pasta is then topped off with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Browned Butter Pasta
Dinner doesn’t get much easier or more delicious than this!
Browned Butter PastaI love the flavor of browned butter on just about anything but it is especially delicious on pasta.  A nice change too from a traditional red or alfredo sauce.
Browned Butter Pasta
Not bad for a last minute, throw together kind of dinner.  So what are you making for dinner tonight?
Browned Butter Pasta

Brown Butter Pasta
  • ½ C butter
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 C chopped tomatoes
  • ½ C Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ C hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 8 oz. pasta, cooked
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Brown the butter in a pan, watch closely so it doesn't burn. Should be golden and smell wonderful. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to pan and saute garlic.
  3. Add spinach. Cook just until it starts to wilt.
  4. Add in tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add cooked pasta and and browned butter to pan. Toss to distribute evenly.
  6. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and cheese.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Elizabeth says

    Recipe looks delicious, but what really caught my eye was the fork in the last picture….simply gorgeous!

  2. Sandra says

    Sounds very yummy! I used browned butter to make caramel icing and it’s a breeze when you brown the butter in the microwave on HIGH for 3 mins and 50 seconds. I use a clear glass bowl and cover it with a paper plate. This method might work for your recipe and prevent that moment of sadness when your butter burns!

  3. Karen says

    This recipe looks like the perfect dinner to me. I also brown my butter in the microwave. I use a large glass measuring cup and set a piece of wax paper on top.

  4. says

    This was a delicious dish and so easy! We cut the butter in half and added chicken. My new favorite “it’s 5:45 and I have no idea what’s for dinner” meal.

  5. Traci says

    I just made this and it was awesome. I used walnuts and kale because I didn’t have spinach or hazelnuts. Thanks for a wonderful meal. Quick and easy. I will make again.

  6. lisa says

    I just discovered this recipe while looking for something entirely different…it sounds so good and I think I gained 2 lbs just looking at it.

    • says

      Those are the best kind of recipes – those you happen upon while looking for something else. Hope you it!! Disclaimer: Not responsible for any weight gain that may accompany use of this recipe!!


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