Brown Butter Herbed Pasta

Pasta is like a blank canvas, waiting to be painted. Try this rendition, a brown butter herbed pasta, for a weeknight change.

Brown Butter Garlic Herb Pasta
When it comes to versatile meals, pasta tops the list as one of my favorites. It took a few years for me to come around. Previously, I’d just glob on a bunch of tomato sauce or toss a pat of butter and some canned Parmesan cheese on top and call it a day. But pasta deserves a little more respect than that, mmmkay? It doesn’t always have to be fancy and it never has to be overly complex. A few simple ingredients elevate your pasta from – and pardon this lame turn of phrase – drab to fab! Here in this version, we get down with all things delicious to turn out a brown butter herbed pasta that hits the spot.

This version is quickly becoming my absolute favorite. This year, our herb garden is flourishing with a fervor like never before. I actually have basil, rosemary, thyme and mint that is thriving instead of turning brown and giving me the finger and dying. So I absolutely must take advantage of the bounty.

Brown Butter Garlic Herb Pasta

Of course, you’ve got to brown the butter for this dish. It adds a richness and nutty flavor. Then the herbs and veggies. A little basil and some spinach add a heft and a sweetness. Top the mess with parmesan cheese (please, try and use freshly-grated instead of the green can). It’s filling, it’s rich, it’s not just pasta with a gob of sauce on top. It’s perfect for the season, with all the herbs you may have in your garden!

What’s your favorite way to eat pasta?

Brown Butter Herbed Pasta

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 lb. pasta
  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large bunch of basil, chopped
  • 1 large bunch baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While it cooks, melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Allow it to brown slowly.
  3. Once the bottom of the pan is coated in brown flecks, add in the garlic. Stir well for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the basil and spinach. Allow both to wilt then remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Once the pasta is finished, drain and add to the sauce pan with the butter mixture and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Toss to coat and serve with additional basil and parmesan cheese.
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25 thoughts on “Brown Butter Herbed Pasta

  1. Browned butter goes so well with pasta — especially when you have such a bounty of fresh herbs and spinach to jazz up the dish. This pasta looks delicious — I could definitely eat this on a regular basis!

    • I was so excited to have enough basil to actually make a dish! I’ve been trying to grow herbs for years and this is the first success I’ve had!

  2. I love how nice and simple you kept this! Between the brown butter and all those fresh herbs this sounds perfect! So much flavor yet so nice and easy!

  3. Adding brown butter to anything get a bet “Yes” is my book. Add it to pasta and I’m totally in!! I’ve got a big herb garden too and I love adding fresh herbs to pasta. Great post!

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