Tortellini with Brown Butter and Asparagus

Tortellini with Brown Butter and Asparagus recipe pictures

Kelly told me about this recipe she found in one of my Mom’s magazines weeks ago. Tortellini, asparagus, brown butter… all good things, but it just kind of sounded eehhh to me. I hate(HATE) when pasta doesn’t have enough sauce. It just gets try and blah and I don’t want to eat it. I like pasta drowned in sauce. If I had to choose between the sauce and the noodles I would always, always choose the sauce. In fact, growing up I would eat a plain bowl of red sauce every Sunday night when my Mom was cooking it. Yum! My whole life I’ve been a red sauce kind of girl. Regardless of my lackluster reaction, we decided to give this pasta a go. It seemed like a nice change from our regular red sauce, it incorporates vegetables, and it looks pretty. All wins.

Well, I have to say, I was 1,000% wrong about this pasta. As wrong as any one person could be is how wrong I was. Have I stressed enough how wrong I was? Really wrong. Really, really wrong. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Ok, you get the picture. This pasta was amazing! I was shocked. It wasn’t dry. It wasn’t tasteless. It didn’t need red sauce. It was perfect as is. Well, ok, i’d change 1 little thing. Turns out, I hate tarragon. I picked it all out. It tastes like black licorice. Ever since taking 1 (10?) too many shots of sambuca I cannot stomach the smell or taste of black licorice. Ughhh makes me sick to even think about. Next time I make it I will add basil or dill or something. Definitely not tarragon. But seriously, aside from that, this was perfect. And the whole aversion to sambuca is clearly my fault, so it might work perfectly for you. It even reheated well. What more can I ask from a simple pasta recipe like this? I tell you, perfection.

Tortellini with Brown Butter and Asparagus recipe pictures

Here is what you’ll need

Tortellini with Brown Butter and Asparagus recipe pictures

Cook the butter, garlic, asparagus and lemon together until the butter is brown

Tortellini with Brown Butter and Asparagus recipe pictures

Toss with the tortellini

Tortellini with Brown Butter and Asparagus recipe pictures

You will be shocked how tasty this simple dish is!


  1. says

    Sounds close to the one I make with asparagas. I use bowtie pasta and calls for basil and parsley and lots of parmasan!! Both so easy and so yummy. I will definitly try yours. our garden asparagas is coming in right now!! Love love my garden. See you soon.. ask Mom for details :)

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