Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Browned-butter sage pesto with pepitas
I was right. And it could not have been easier.
1 stick unsalted butter
3-4 tbsp fresh sage, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted; reserve 1 tbsp for garnish and chop the rest
1 lb fresh pumpkin pasta (or whatever you've got)
Cook pasta according to directions. Save about a cup of pasta water and set aside before draining.
While pasta cooks, melt butter in pan with heavy base on medium-low heat. Stir in sage and red pepper; simmer until it begins to turn amber. Add chopped pepitas and stir to combine. When the sauce turns an irresitible brown, add the drained pasta and a splash of reserved pasta water; blend thoroughly. Tongs are the perfect tool for this task. Add more pasta water if needed.
Transfer to serving bowl and top with a sprinkling of pepitas.
If you have leftovers, add a little reserved pasta water for improve reheating.