Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage

I am a subscriber to the magazine Real Simple. I love reading the articles and pretending that my life could be that simple. I love the organizational ideas and decorating tips. I look at the photos and wish my house could look like that for just five minutes. I am also head over heels for the recipes. I have tried quite a few, with success and approval from my family. Deep in the recesses of my mind, I had filed away this ravioli with sage idea thinking someday I could try it. Well, I am happy (and blessed!) to report that I now have this lovely herb in my garden.

I’d like to introduce you to my new friend Sage. Isn’t she a beauty?

My recommendation is that if you have Sage in your garden, or can get your hands on some from a friend, family member, or local grocer, you should give this recipe a shot. It is easy and, of course, simple. After all, Real Simple would not have anything too terribly complicated. Check out the recipe…

Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage

Serves 4

Hands-On Time:  10m

Total Time:  25m


  • 16 to 18 ounces fresh or frozen cheese ravioli
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1⁄3 cup fresh sage leaves
  • kosher salt and black pepper


  1. Cook the ravioli according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the pine nuts and sage and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sage is crisp and the butter and pine nuts are browned (but not burned), 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Gently mix in the ravioli, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper

Ta-da! Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage. I must confess there was moaning on my part when I took my first bite. My husband said, “Are you kidding me?” after his first bite.  Then, he ate his plateful and went for seconds.

I had also decided that I wasn’t going to have wine with this meal. However, after the first bite, I had to open a bottle. Yes, that’s right, ‘had to’. Mandatory. This dish requires a wine accompaniment.

Okay, you don’t have to but if you need a push, a twist of the arm, here it is: *pushes* *twists*

The rest of you, I don’t even have to touch. I know you. You are my kind of people.


Just look at this. Totally deserves to be drunk in your stomach. (That came out wrong but you get the idea.)

In all seriousness, this was just a really nice, new pasta dish for me. Sweet little old Sage gave off the most glorious fragrance while she frolicked in the pan with the browning butter and toasting pine nuts.

Cheers to a new fave –



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