Is there anything better than browned butter? After New Years I went on the Whole 30 diet and you’re not allowed to eat regular butter. The alternative to butter is . Ghee can be very expensive, so I started making my own Ghee, and every time I had a sugar craving I went to the ghee jar and smelled the butter to resist temptation. Ghee is clarified butter. You reach this step by boiling the butter until the milk solids drop, making the butter dairy free. It’s an amazing process, and the butter comes out with a caramel nutty flavor just like the smell you get when browning butter. You can use this butter on anything that you’d put butter on: I especially loved it on toast in the morning.
We usually end up eating this tortellini recipe as a side dish to my balsamic chicken, but it make a great side for any recipe. The browned butter slightly fries the fresh herbs, which brings out their oils and perfumes. You could even turn this recipe into a cold macaroni style salad by adding 1/2 cup Italian dressing. No need to add anything else because all the flavors and spices are already there from the original recipe. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving. It’s a refreshing salad to bring to a potluck or picnic.
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Prepare tortellini by package directions.
While tortellini cooks start preparing your browned butter sauce. Melt 1/2 cup butter until you start to smell a caramel nutty aroma.
Remove from heat and pour into a glass jar. Add the garlic, herbs, and pepper they will slightly fry at this point. Pour over pasta, with 1/4 cup pasta water, add shredded cheese. Mix together
plate your dish, serve, and enjoy!
- 20oz package mixed cheese tortellini
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup pasta water
- 1 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
- Fill a large pot with salted water. Bring to a boil.
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- While pasta cooks begin browning butter in a medium saucepan.
- Cook for about 5 minutes or until butter is browned and has a caramel nutty smell.
- Remove from heat and add basil, garlic, and pepper while stirring to prevent the garlic from burning.
- Pour sauce over the finished pasta, add 1/4 cup reserved pasta water, and 3/4 cup of the shredded Parmesan cheese, mix to combine. Top with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.