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Brown Butter Orecchiette

Brown Butter Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage and Peas

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Recipe Details


This high-comfort recipe uses just six ingredients, and one of them is butter (so you’re basically winning before you even take out a pot). Small and round orecchiette pasta is tossed with spicy Italian sausage, fragrant sage, and bright green peas for a dish that’s simple, filling, and comforting. The aforementioned butter and a little Parmesan cheese give the dish a rich, creamy texture you’ll want to experience again and again.


  • Stovetop Only
  • Quick Cook

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By Chef Suzanne

By Chef Suzanne

Nutritional info

  • Calories 880
  • Protein 49g
  • Total Carb 97g
  • Total Fat 33g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • sage
    1/8 ounce
  • spicy Italian sausage
    12 ounces
    spicy Italian sausage
  • orecchiette pasta
    8 ounces
    orecchiette pasta
  • unsalted butter
    4 packets
    unsalted butter
  • peas
    1 cup
  • grated Parmesan cheese
    1 ounce
    grated Parmesan cheese

What You’ll Need

  • 10" large pot
  • 10" medium high-sided pan

Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, rinse all produce. Thinly slice sage leaves, discarding stems. Pat sausage dry with paper towel.

  2. Cook orecchiette

    Cook orecchiette

    Season boiling water generously with salt. Stir in orecchiette and cook until al dente, 11-12 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water, then drain and set aside.

  3. Brown sausage

    Brown sausage

    While orecchiette cooks, heat butter in a medium high-sided pan over medium heat. Swirl pan occasionally until butter turns golden and fragrant, 7-8 minutes. Add sausage to pan and cook, breaking up, until browned, 4-5 minutes more. Remove pan from heat. Stir in sage, then set aside until pasta has finished cooking.

  4. Finish orecchiette

    Finish orecchiette

    Once pasta is cooked and drained, return pan with sausage to medium heat and add peas and orecchiette. Cook until peas are warmed through, about 2 minutes. Adding 1 tablespoon at a time, stir in reserved pasta cooking water, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan, until pasta is coated and sauce clings to noodles. Remove pan from heat.

  5. Season orecchiette

    Season orecchiette

    In a small bowl, set aside 1 tablespoon Parmesan for garnishing in the next step, then add remaining Parmesan to pan with orecchiette and stir to combine. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

  6. Plate orecchiette

    Plate orecchiette

    Divide brown butter orecchiette, spicy sausage, and peas between serving bowls. Sprinkle over reserved Parmesan, and dig in!

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