Sage Pasta in Butter Sauce with Crispy Sage Leaves

Crispy leaves & butter sauce

Sage pasta with crispy sage leaves and buttery sauce is ready in 15 minutes. Check our easy hack to prevent butter from burning.

By Ksenia
9. February 2024
Rating: 5.00

Why this recipe is great

Butter Sage Pasta with a Warm and Savory Flavor

Love warm and savory sage flavor? Combine it with butter. And add your favorite pasta. This way, the pasta gets a creamy, buttery, and earthy flavor. Frying sage leaves in butter makes them crispy and fragrant. Add a small amount of vegetable oil to prevent the butter from burning. In this recipe, we use olive oil.

I love the crispy sage leaves!

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Step-by-Step Recipe and Hacks

This sage pasta recipe is incredibly quick. The main ingredient is sage leaves.

Start with chopping sun-dried tomatoes. Halve cherry tomatoes. Wash and dry sage leaves. We will fry sage leaves in a lot of oil and butter. That’s why they have to be completely dry. Add vegetable oil and butter to a pan. Fry sage leaves. You can keep frying longer and add more ingredients to a dish by combining butter and oil. If you only use butter, it burns quickly. Remove sage leaves as they get crispy. Keep them for later. We will add them to pasta. 

Next, fry pine nuts in butter and oil sauce. Add sun-dried tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Finally, add cooked pasta, lemon juice, pasta water, and sage leaves. Stir constantly and fry for 2-3 minutes. This way, all the flavors combine. Serve and sprinkle with your favorite cheese.

The list of ingredients in this recipe is short. The cooking time is around 15-20 minutes. Enjoy fragrant pasta with a warm and savory flavor!

How to Make Sage Sauce?

This delicious pasta sauce with sage takes only 10 minutes to make. Cook it at the same time as you cook pasta. This way, you’ll save some time in the kitchen.

The main ingredients of sage sauce are sage leaves, butter, and oil. Before frying, wash and dry sage leaves with a paper towel. Add oil and butter to a pan. After the butter melts, add sage leaves. When the leaves become crispy, transfer them to a plate. Fry pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes in butter oil sauce. Add cooked pasta, lemon juice, and a little pasta water. And sage leaves that you saved for later. That’s it. Delicious pasta with sage sauce is ready!

Best Pasta to Use for Pasta Recipes with Sage

You can use different types of pasta to make sage pasta. It’s especially delicious with filled pasta types. Like tortelloni, ravioli, and sacchetti. Delicious sage butter sauce enhances the taste of filling. What can be better than to put savory and buttery pasta into your mouth, bite it, and discover a second taste? We recommend filled pasta with cheese, especially ricotta. The combination of earthy sage with soft cheese is incredibly delicious. Or pasta filled with pumpkin. Slightly sweet pumpkin combines so well with melted butter and minty sage flavor.

If you don’t have filled pasta at hand, use tagliatelle. We chose it for this recipe, too. Its flat and long ribbons are perfect because a lot of sauce can stick to it. Tagliatelle soaks a creamy, buttery sage sauce so easily. We added sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and cherry tomatoes to enrich the flavor.

Crispy, Quick and Easy

Do you love quick pasta recipes as we do? This delicious sage butter pasta with pine nuts will be your new favorite dish. The best thing about this recipe is that you can combine it with any pasta you like. Or any pasta you have at home.

The pasta is buttery and soft but doesn’t contain any cream cheese. The main ingredient that gives so much flavor to a sauce is sage. Fry sage leaves in butter and olive oil until they are crispy. Be careful, and don’t overcook the sage leaves. As they get crispy, remove them from a pan. Save them for later – as soon as the dish is almost ready, you can add sage leaves again. This way, sage leaves stay crispy, and you can cook the rest of the ingredients in the aromatic sauce. Remember that the dish can get bitter if you use too much sage. Stick to the measurements in this recipe. And use just the right amount to get a flavorful pasta.

More Quick Pasta Recipes

What can be better than a quick dinner with pasta and your favorite sauce? Only a quick lasagna soup! You need less time to prepare it in comparison to classic lasagna. But soup tastes the same as delicious! Craving cold and refreshing noodles? Go for noodle salad. Don’t skip the dressing. It’s the best about this recipe. You can use it for other pasta salads, too.

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Sage Pasta in Butter Sauce | With Fried Sage Leaves

5 from 7 votes
Sage pasta in butter sauce is ready in 15 minutes. Enjoy fried sage leaves and warm buttery sauce.
Servings 3 Servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 210 g tagliatelle
  • 5 g olive oil
  • 30 g butter
  • 15 g sage leaves
  • 25 g pine nuts
  • 100 g cherry tomatoes
  • 25 g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 10 g lemon juice
  • 70-100 g pasta water


  • Cook 210 g of tagliatelle until al dente. Wash 15 g of sage leaves and dry them with a paper towel. Halve 100 g cherry tomatoes and finely chop 25 g of sun-dried tomatoes.
    Chopping sun-dried tomatoes and cherry tomatoes on a cutting board.
  • We combine butter and oil in this recipe. Using both of them will prevent butter from burning. Preheat a pan. Pour 5 g of olive oil into the pan. Add 30 g butter.
    Melting a piece of butter in a pan.
  • As soon as the butter melts, add sage leaves. Fry for about 3-4 minutes. Remove the leaves from the pan and put them on a dry plate as they get crispy.
    Frying sage leaves in a pan until they get crispy.
  • Add 25 g pine nuts, fry for 2-3 minutes.
    Adding pine nuts to a pan with butter and oil.
  • Add 25 g chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 100 g halved cherry tomatoes. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
    Frying sun-dried tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in a pan with pine nuts.
  • Add sage leaves. Add 10 g of lemon juice.
    Add cooked pasta and add 50-70 g of pasta water. Stir constantly and fry for 2-3 minutes.
    Adding lemon juice to sage butter pasta.
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese. Remove from the heat. Enjoy!
    Sprinkling feta cheese over a bowl with sage pasta.



Calories: 443kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 13gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 594mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 532IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 3mg
Calories: 443kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, European
Keywords: butter sage pasta, crispy sage pasta, fried sage leaves pasta, pasta recipes with sage, pasta with sage and olive oil

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