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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tortellini with Garlic and Sage Butter



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Had I seen this recipe anywhere else, I suspect I would have dismissed it out of hand. I haven't had great luck with five ingredient recipes, so I don't spend a lot of time searching them out. This one, however, was in Food and Wine Magazine and it caught my eye because of the sauce it creates. I really like their recipes, so I put this one aside for a busy day. Today was that day. The dish utilizes frozen tortellini or ravioli and a quick version of a sage and brown butter sauce that I'm really fond of. This is a quick and easy meal from start to finish, and that finish makes for some very nice eating. The sauce in this version is made with ground sage, and while shortcuts and substitutions usually come at the expense of flavor, that's not the case here. If you are concerned about fat or calories, some of the butter can be replaced with pasta water, but don't be overly zealous about this. A tablespoon or two is fine, but it makes no sense to go further than that. This is a nice recipe to use when you are pressed for time, and I think those of you who try it will really enjoy it. Here's the recipe.

Tortellini with Garlic Sage Butter Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Food and Wine Magazine

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons butter
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 pound fresh or frozen meat-filled tortellini
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions:
1) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
2) Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium frying pan set over low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is soft and golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. Mash garlic with a fork or spoon as it softens. Stir in sage, salt and pepper. Set aside.
3) Cook tortellini until just done, about 4 minutes for fresh and 12 minutes for frozen. Drain pasta and return to the pot.
4) Add butter and parsley and toss over low heat until pasta is thoroughly coated with butter, about 1 minute. Yield: 4 servings.









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43 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Garlic and sage flavoured butter..that sounds so good. I like many recipes from Food and Wine too.

Ginny said...

I can almost smell this now, it looks so good!

Hovkonditorn said...

Yummy, great flavors in this dish!

Ann said...

This looks absolutely terrific! Thanks for sharing...I love the easy ones for busy nights, too!

Gemma said...

It is the second recipe fresh pasta that I see today. I think today will be the dinner! They are delicious!
Thanks for passing by my blog (sorry for my English!)
See you soon!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds great and I have everything to make it:@)

Big Dude said...

Delicious and easy is a hard combo to beat and I'll use all butter.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Mmmmm but this sounds delicious. Diane

Debbie said...

Love the garlic and sage butter. That really makes this dish stand out. It sounds delicious and tortellini is very popular in this house!

Kim said...

Sage is an herb I happen to like a lot! These tortellinis looks really good with this butter!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Mary, this reminds me of one of our longstanding 'quick' favorites with the fresh tortellini, shrimp, garlic, crushed red pepper, butter, parmesan, and green onions. Well, okay, it has seven ingredients. But, I'm happy to have this one to add to my 'quickie' pile, too!! blessings ~ Tanna

Jenn said...

What a wonderful flavor combination! And, I for one, LOVE the simplicity of it.. perfect for one of those nights where I don't get home until almost 7pm!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Love Tortallini!

From the Kitchen said...

Like soup in the freezer, there's always comfort in knowing that the ingredients for a quick and tasty meal are in the kitchen.

Best,
Bonnie

bellini said...

I will be there as soon as I can Mary:D

Martha said...

This looks really good! I'm not real familiar with sage but with garlic AND butter it can't be too far from perfect :) ~Be blessed today~

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

It sure looks amazing to me!

Judy@SavoringToday said...

Mmm, that sauce would be good drizzled over chicken ... okay, poured over chicken ;). Simple, straightforward ingredients creating a delicious meal--I love that. Have a blessed week, Mary.

Dizzy Lizzie said...

Wow.I love your blog. It is like a food encyclopaedia. Thank you for visiting my blog. I cant wait to start cooking from yours.

Claudia said...

This is a dish that is a favorite here. Once in a while, we add toasted nuts.

Katherine Aucoin said...

the garlic with the sage butter really caught my attention. sounds and looks like a fantastic meal.

Adele said...

This sounds simple and elegant. I'm really looking forward to trying this.

Lenia said...

I adore the perfume of sage!Butter and sage is a simple but absolutely delicious sauce for pasta!Well done!Kisses,dear!

Priya said...

Makes me hungry.

Becki Jacobs said...

This sounds wonderful and I love the idea of the garlic sage butter - very different! My girls would love this because they aren't always huge fans of red sauce....but love garlic and butter.

David said...

Mary, Beautiful and yet simple too! Garlic and sage...lots of flavor... Thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Joanne said...

I think I've made maybe ONE five ingredient recipe in my life...and my second one might have to be this. I love tortellini!

Francy said...

Tortellini are from where I am from, Bologna, Italy. Yours looks fantastic, never tried this way, we usually have sage and butter with tortelloni! But your dish looks fantastic! Bravissima!!

Eliana said...

I would not want to count calories with this one. It would be all butter all the way for me. Looks great Mary.

Jen (emsun.org) said...

That looks absolutely delicious. I'm going to have to check out Food and Wine.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

What a lovely, delicious quick dinner. Looks delicious.

Fondly,
Glenda

kitty said...

Oh, Mary, what a great, quick, flavorful meal you shared with us. It's nice that it has common ingredients to put it together quickly.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

What a delicious treat of a supper - the garlic and sage butter sounds perfection.
mary x

Shug said...

What time are you serving dinner? I'll be right over! Mmmm Mmmmm Good!

Linda said...

garlic and sage...how could you go wrong with that! That recipe would have caught my attention too!! So glad you shared it!!

Torviewtoronto said...

Mary this is a delicious looking flavourful tortellini

The Harried Cook said...

What gorgeous flavors... garlicky, sagey, buttery tortellini! Yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

tender b. said...

Tortellini is my favorite pasta. Haven't ever tried garlic and sage butter but I have heard it is good stuff.

Anna said...

This looks so very delicious, in every way!

raquel@erecipe said...

This sounds so good! I'm going to try this one this weekend.

Mary said...

Raquel, I was not able to comment on your blog. I did want you to know I visited and love the loaded potato dip. I'm so glad you stopped by to visit. I hope you'll become a regular. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Christi's Chirps said...

Your recipe looks fantastic! Sometimes the best pasta is one with a simple sauce and served with fresh bread! I absolutely must try this soon!

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Christi

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