Italian Sausage Pasta with Brown Butter and Herbs
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When it comes to a hearty dish that will truly satisfy the masses, there's nothing tastier than Italian Sausage Pasta made from scratch. 
Serves: 8
  • 1 lb. Boxed Pasta Noodles
  • 2 tbsp. Kosher Salt
  • 16 oz. Mild Italian Ground Sausage (1 lb.)
  • 8 tbsp. Unsalted Butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan or Pecorino
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Purée
  • ½ cup reserved Pasta Water
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped Italian Parsley Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  1. Bring a large pot water to a rolling boil and sprinkle-in the salt. Add pasta noodles and cook according to the package directions for al dente.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, brown the sausage and drain any access oil. Set aside until you’re ready for assembly.
  3. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Continue to scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon until golden brown bits form and you smell a nutty aroma. This usually takes about 3 minutes. Be very careful not to burn the butter, otherwise you’ll need to start over. Once browned, remove from heat immediately.
  4. Once cooked, reserve about ½ cup of the starchy pasta water before draining. Add noodles to the brown butter and toss to combine. Sprinkle in about ¾ cup of cheese and a big squeeze of Garlic Purée. Using tongs, stir the noodles with 2 – 3 tablespoons of starchy pasta water. Continue to stir, until a glossy sauce has formed. Feel free to add more or less pasta water to reach your desired sauce consistency. Typically, you will not use the entire ½ cup.
  5. When sauce has formed, go ahead and mix-in the cooked sausage. Serve with remaining cheese, fresh herbs, and freshly cracked black pepper.
Recipe by Slice of Jess at