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Playing Brown Butter Sage and Leftover Pumpkin Pie Penne


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • A pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 gloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 shot glass amaretto (optional)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled spicy Italian sausage
  • 4 fat sage leaves or 5 to 6 small ones
  • 1 to 2 slices leftover pumpkin pie (pie crust optional)
  • 1 pound whole wheat penne, cooked
  • Juice of 1 lemon


Serves: 4


In a sauté pan, sweat the onion, chili flakes and garlic in the butter.

When the butter is browned, turn off the fire and deglaze the pan with the amaretto. Add the sausage and sage. Add the pie filling and whisk. Add the pasta to the pan and finish by squeezing in some lemon juice.

(Optional: Dry the pie crust in a low oven. Crumble and sprinkle over the pasta.)