Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tortellini with Balsamic Brown Butter

From www.gimmesomeoven.com (with some notes from me). The original is here. What we really liked about this recipe was that: 1) it's really, really easy; 2) it looks fancy; 3) it's kid friendly so our four year-old ate it.


18 to 20 ounces store-bought tortellini or ravioli, whatever flavor (I used a 25 oz bag, as that is all the store had)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (I increased to 8 Tbsp because I had a bigger bag of ravioli, but it was way too much. Stick with less.)

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (buy good quality!)

1/2 teaspoon salt (Too much. I'd use 1/4 tsp, but I don't like things too salty).

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup toasted, chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or pine nuts)--I used almonds

1/4 cup grated Parmesan


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the tortellini and cook according to package instructions (generally about 2-3 minutes until tender, but still firm to the bite), stirring occasionally. Drain the tortellini.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the foam subsides, and the butter begins to turn a golden brown (and begins to give off a nutty aroma) turn off the heat and remove from the burner. Let cool for about 1 minute. Then gradually (and very carefully!) stir in the balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Transfer the ravioli to the pan saucepan with the balsamic brown butter and gently stir until combined. Sprinkle nuts and Parmesan over the top. Serve immediately.