Browned Butter Pasta with Kale

This is Rachel’s favorite recipe for both kale and sage. It’s also a super easy weeknight meal in any season kale and sage can be found!

Browned Butter Pasta with Kale

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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adapted from Karan Benton


1 lb. pasta, preferably curved or with ridges
½ stick (¼ cup) butter
Salt and pepper
Parmesan or other cheese
Lemon wedges or juice
1 large bunch kale
1 large handful sage


Cook pasta in salted water as directed. Meanwhile, finely chop sage, and chop kale leaves into bite-sized pieces, discarding stems. Melt butter in a large skillet or pot. Swirl the butter in the pan as it foams. When butter begins to brown, add sage. Stir for a minute or two, then add kale. (Take a break as needed to drain the pasta.) Salt and pepper to taste. Add pasta and stir to mix. Serve with parmesan and lemon juice.