Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Brown Butter Tortellini With Toasted Garlic and Asparagus

Brown Butter tortellini With toasted Garlic and Asparagus
Need something quick and easy for dinner some night.  Try making some tortellini in brown butter with garlic and asparagus.  This dish is super easy to make and it comes together quickly.  Just start by cooking the pasta according to package directions.  While the pasta is cooking, you make the sauce.  Melt the butter in a large skillet.  Add the asparagus and garlic to the butter.  Season with some salt and pepper.   Cook until the asparagus begins to get tender.  Add some lemon lemon zest and cook until the butter turn a golden brown.  To the asparagus add the cooked pasta with some fresh tarragon and toss.  Dinner is ready to serve.  Top with some grated Parmesan cheese.  Dinner could not be simpler or tastier.  I love the flavors and was pleased with the subtle citrus flavor the lemon zest gave to this pasta dish.  I recommend you give this dish a try.

Brown Butter Tortellini With Toasted Garlic and Asparagus
From Woman's Day


1 pound cheese tortellini
1 lemon
3 tablespoon unsalted butter
8 ounces thin asparagus, thinly sliced on a diagonal
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Kosher salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
Grated Parmesan, for serving


1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions.  Drain.
2. Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, remove 3 strips of zest from the lemon.  Thinly slice the zest.
3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the asparagus and garlic, season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, tossing occasionally, until beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.  Increase the heat to medium-high, add the lemon zest and cook, tossing until the butter turns golden brown, about 2 minutes.
4. Toss the asparagus mixture with the tortellini and tarragon.  Serve with Parmesan, if desired.

Serves 4
Cut up Asparagus

Asparagus Cooking in Butter With Lemon Zest and Garlic

Dinner is Served


  1. Wow there are a lot of fantastic flavors going on in this dish! Great job, looks fantastic :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. Oh, my! I bet the brown butter smelled insanely good!

  3. looks delicious! i have never tried brown butter before, but i think i just might with your recipe!

  4. Wow…this sounds so delicious! Browned butter and asparagus sound like a perfect combo.

  5. Geraldine, this family-style dinner looks so wonderful and brown butter adds so much depth of flavor to so many dished and I love green asparagus in my pasta dishes too - this is a really a wonderful recipe!
    Have a great Monday!