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Browned Butter Tortellini


Browned butter lends a rich, nutty depth to this bright and springy pasta, which is simple enough to become a weeknight staple.

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Browned Butter Tortellini

Servings

4

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Calories

0

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 1 9-ounce package fresh cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 cup high-fat European butter (such as Lescure)
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1/3 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 small lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (from 1/2 small lemon)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (plus more for serving)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the tortellini and cook 1 minute less than the package directions, about 7 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter then cook until the solids begin to brown. You may have to scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release the brown bits from the bottom, keep an eye on it. It should smell nutty and appear golden brown, not black. This could take around 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. When the butter is browned, add the cooked pasta, peas, and salt to the skillet and toss gently to coat in the butter. Add about ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water, the dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cheese. Cook for another minute, stirring gently to coat the pasta evenly. Serve topped with more cheese if desired.

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