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Sage Butter & Walnut Pasta

Walnut & Sage Butter Pasta

  • Author: Helen
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Al dente spaghetti tossed in rich caramelly brown butter, earthy sage leaves and ground walnuts. An easy and satisfying 10-minute pasta dish.

Serves 2.  Use the scaling buttons below to double or triple the quantity.


  • Sea or kosher salt
  • 200g (or 7oz) dried spaghetti or similar
  • 25g (or 1/4 cup) walnuts
  • 30g (or 2 tbsp) butter
  • 15 sage leaves
  • 1/4 tsp brown sugar

To serve:

  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated parmesan


  1. Bring a large pan of generously salted water to boil and cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, place a frying pan on a medium to high heat and toast the walnuts for a few minutes until they begin to brown.
  3. Blitz the toasted walnuts in a food processor until they are ground.
  4. Reduce the heat of the frying pan to medium and add the butter.
  5. Add the sage leaves and sugar once the butter has melted and continue to cook on a medium heat until the butter begins to brown then reduce the heat to low.
  6. Reserve some of the starchy pasta water and drain the cooked spaghetti.
  7. Add the cooked spaghetti and ground walnuts to the sage butter and toss until incorporated.
  8. Add starchy pasta water 1 tbsp at a time if the pasta needs a little more moisture.
  9. Serve with ground black pepper and freshly grated parmesan.
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 592
  • Sugar: 3.5g
  • Sodium: 671.2mg
  • Fat: 23.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 80.8g
  • Fiber: 6.4g
  • Protein: 16.7g
  • Cholesterol: 34.1mg

Keywords: sage butter pasta