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Brown Butter Sausage Penne Pasta served in one pot
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5 from 4 votes

Brown Butter Sausage Penne Pasta

Brown Butter Sausage Penne Pasta is an easy 15 minute weeknight dinner recipe made with spicy Italian sausage, peas, sage and Parmesan cheese for amazing flavors in one simple meal. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 815kcal


  • 1/4 c. salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. rubbed sage
  • 1 lb. spicy Italian sausage
  • 8 oz. penne pasta (1/2 box) *reserve 1 cup pasta water
  • 12 oz. bag frozen peas
  • 1/3 c. grated parmesan


  • Cook pasta in salted water to al dente. (reserving pasta water)
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over high heat add the butter and cook for 4-5 minutes, until it is lightly browned.
  • Add the sage and sausage, using your meat chopper to break apart the sausage as it cooks. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through.
  • Microwave the frozen peas according to package directions.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Add the pasta, sasauge, cooked peas and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water back to large kettle and give a quick stir. Add the remaining 1/2 cup pasta water if it is a little dry.
  • Fold in the Parmesan cheese and season to taste with salt. Serve immediately.