Brown Butter Broccoli and Walnut Pasta.
Pasta with garlic sautéed broccoli, walnuts and a brown butter sauce. It’s easy to make, broccoli-loaded and ideal for busy weeknights or on a date night. A hearty dinner with simple pantry ingredients in a luxurious jacket. Straightforward and immensely flavorful. You’ll love this great combination of broccoli and crunchy walnuts. Bonus? It comes together in about 20 minutes.
First, we make a brown butter sauce that’s studded with walnuts. To that we add broccoli and sauté it for a couple of minutes, this way we’ll preserve its delicious taste and crisp-tender texture. We add garlic, balsamic vinegar, sage and red pepper flakes. Then we stir in the pasta and toss until each bite is slicked with a rich and buttery sauce. The result is amazing, forcing your taste buds to try to keep up.
Let me guide you through the recipe with this step-by-step VIDEO.
- You can use broccoli rabe instead of the small broccoli florets
- Swap walnuts for pine nuts, hazelnuts or sunflower seeds
- As for the pasta, if you can’t find shells, substitute for orecchiette or any of your favorite shaped pasta that can trap and hold the sauce when it travels from plate to mouth
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Calories Per Serving: 713 kcal
Brown Butter Broccoli and Walnut Pasta
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Calories Per Serving: 713 kcal
Delicious, your blog is one of the best discoveries I’ve made 2021. This recipe was fantastic. Made it with broccoli rabe which I blanched before following your recipe
Thank you so much for giving the recipe a try and your kind comment! Happy cooking!
This is delicious! What a great recipe. I added scallops to mine it get a little more protein, but other than that I followed the recipe to a T. Thanks!
Sounds amazing! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for making it!
Swimming in olive oil and butter. Half a stick of butter + 1/4 cup olive oil for 7 oz of pasta?
yes, it’s a butter sauce. You can always add more pasta, hope you love it!
Amazing! My wife and I immediately said to each other; “keeper”! With the headiness of the sauce and how rich it is, I might add some lemon or lemon zest next time, just to cut through. Thank you so much.
fantastic! that’s so nice to hear. Thanks so much for making this recipe, I’m delighted that it was enjoyed!
This was a delicious recipe. I watch your recipe videos regularly and finally made one. I made this recipe just like you posted. The only thing I would change is add more broccoli. So so good!!
Fantastic! That’s so nice to hear, I am really happy you enjoyed this recipe!
This was fabulous – as all your recipes are. We really enjoy your use of spices and offering of substitutions.
Fantastic, I’m really happy you’re enjoying the recipes! Thanks so much for following along!
The smoked paprika overwhelmed the other flavors and the dish did not look anything like the photograph (it was basically orange). I’ll try again without the paprika.
Hi Paula, you can try to add 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika next time. Let me know how it turned out for you, happy cooking!
Thoughts on substituting slivered almonds for the walnuts?
I think slivered almonds would work great here. Enjoy the recipe!