Tortellini with Garlic Sage Butter Sauce
© Melanie Acevedo

Tortellini with Garlic Sage Butter Sauce

  • SERVINGS: 4

Leaves of fresh sage sautéed in golden-brown butter form a classic Italian pasta sauce. Our version uses ground sage, and so you can make it any time of the year. We've added a generous amount of garlic, too. Slowly cooking it in the butter mellows its pungency, but you can also use fewer cloves if you prefer.

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Ingredients

  1. 6 tablespoons butter
  2. 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  6. 1 pound fresh or frozen meat-filled tortellini
  7. 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  1. In a medium frying pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally and mashing the garlic with the back of a wooden spoon, until it is soft and golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the sage, salt, and pepper.
  2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the tortellini until just done, about 4 minutes for fresh and 12 minutes for frozen. Drain the pasta and return to the pot.
  3. Add the butter and parsley and toss over low heat until the pasta is thoroughly coated with the butter, about 1 minute.
Notes

Variations:

Ravioli with Garlic Sage Butter Sauce Feel free to use ravioli, or any other small stuffed pasta, instead of the tortellini.

Cheese Tortellini with Garlic Sage Butter Sauce If you prefer another stuffing, such as cheese or mushroom, by all means try it.

Tortellini with Garlic and Fresh-Sage Butter Sauce Substitute 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh sage for the dried. Sauté until crisp but not brown, about 1 minute.

Suggested Pairing

Barbera is one of the most food-friendly Italian red wines, and it works beautifully here with the assertive sage and garlic.

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