Easy Pasta Dinner in a Pinch!

Make this Brown Butter Basil Pasta the next time you need dinner on the table in 15 minutes! The smell of the nutty brown butter and sweet basil leaves is reason enough to try this simple and delicious pasta recipe. You only need four good quality ingredients to create this magic meal. Save it, as you will want to make it over and over when you need an easy satisfying meal. Share with love!

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What is Brown Butter?

Brown butter is made by cooking butter long enough to turn the milk solids brown while cooking out any water present in the butter. The taste is tasting nutty or toasty, it has a deeper, richer, more intense flavor than melted or clarified butter. You can’t go wrong with an excuse to make brown butter!

A Note on Butter Quality…

Since the butter is the highlight of the show when you are making browned butter I recommend buying good quality butter with a high fat content. My favorite brand of butter that I buy in America is actually an Irish butter called Kerrygold. The winds, rain and warming influence of the Gulf Stream all contribute to the lush grass our cows feed on year-round. They produce the sweetest, richest milk in the world, which makes our grass-fed cow’s milk Irish butter taste silky and creamy and glow a healthy, golden yellow. Kerrygold Salted Butter is a great all-purpose, all-natural butter.

Any good quality butter will do for this recipe. The higher the fat content the more little brown bits of fragrant nutty flavor the browning process will produce.

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How to make the Perfect Brown Butter

  1. Place it in a pot or pan. Always use a light-colored pot or pan so you can see how dark the butter gets as it cooks.
  2. Turn on the heat to medium and let the butter melt. Tip: The temperature you use can vary from high to medium; either way, the butter will go from melted to brown in mere minutes. High heat will brown the butter very quickly, but if you don’t keep a close eye on it, the milk solids could sink to the bottom of the pan and burn before you know it. Until you get really good at this, it’s safer to use moderate heat to slow things down just a bit so you can keep a careful eye on the process.
  3. Stir or swirl the pan constantly, until the butter becomes a light tan color as the milk solids toast in the hot fat. At this point, you can take the pan off the burner because the butter will continue cooking even after you remove it from the heat. Notice the dramatic change in color: It should be nut-brown and have a toasty aroma. Once this color is achieved remove from heat to keep it from cooking further. If the butter gets overcooked, the milk solids will scorch and turn black, and the butter will have a very bitter taste.

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brown butter pasta in a bowl

Brown Butter Basil Pasta Dinner- Easy

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: n/a
  • Cook Time: 10-15 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Make this Brown Butter Basil Pasta the next time you need dinner on the table in 15 minutes! The smell of the nutty brown butter and sweet basil leaves is reason enough to try this simple and delicious pasta recipe. You only need four good quality ingredients to create this magic meal. Save it,  as you will want to make it over and over when you need an easy satisfying meal. Share with love! 


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. (454 gr.) spaghetti (or your favorite pasta variety) 
  • 3 tablespoons good quality butter
  • 68 large basil leaves 
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmigiano cheese (more for topping) 
  •  Salt and Pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1.  Bring a large pot of water to boil. About 6 quarts. Add 3 tablespoons of kosher salt. Add pasta and cook until al dente directions.
  2. In the meantime make the brown butter. In a large sauce pan heat butter on medium heat. Stir constantly until the butter separates and little brown specks form and the top begins to froth. Turn heat to low and add basil leaves and parmigiano cheese. Heat for on additional minute. Stir to combine and turn off heat. 
  3. Drain pasta and add to brown butter sauce in pan. Toss well until the pasta is coated in the brown butter sauce. Add more parmigiano before serving and fresh ground black pepper. Serve HOT! 

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