February 25, 2016

Brown Butter, Sage, and Mushroom Pasta

It's Friday. It's almost the weekend and for me, that means two parents to one baby, a ratio that is much more favorable than 1:1. I spend most of the week trying to get my shit together in a sleep-deprived daze (when is he ever going to sleep through the night?), and then the next thing I know I've accomplished nothing and it's Friday. I have come to the conclusion that time doesn't go faster when you have a newborn, rather, time goes by much faster when you are sleep-deprived. And yes I am still calling Sebastian a newborn despite the fact that he is 5 months old because I am in denial about time.

When I say that I barely get anything done, I am mostly comparing things to my pre-baby life, when things were much easier to accomplish without any distractions. Now, anytime I try to do anything that doesn't involve playing or staring at Sebastian, I have to balance it with diaper changes, feeding, and cleaning up baby puke. I started tracking these activities on a fun baby app, and it is shocking how much time per day I spend staring blankly out the window while I feed him. Cause anytime I try and peruse the internet at the same time, he slaps the phone right out of my hand. And watching TV is out of the question, cause once I turn it on, I just can't seem to break away.

Things that are surprisingly easy to do with Sebastian - go for walks in the stroller, go out for a meal, go to a party, go anywhere outside of the house. It's like he gets stir crazy being inside for longer than a couple of hours. Unfortunately, when I'm sleep deprived all I want to do is curl up on the couch watch TV and do NOTHING. Sleep deprivation has caused me to be a slightly more loopy and quirky version of myself, which I am hoping makes for an entertaining and exciting mother?

When I do muster up the energy to make something fancy, it's usually pasta (or salad), and it usually has less than 10 ingredients. This recipe is a variation on one of my favorite pasta's - brown butter, mushrooms, and walnuts with Parmesan cheese. Instead, I used brown butter, mushrooms, and sage, with a generous serving of Parmesan cheese. It's so simple and easy to make and tastes like you've been slaving away in the kitchen for hours. Brown butter is magical like that.

serves 4
prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 15 minutes

1 stick of butter
7 - 8 large sage leaves, chopped
1 lb white or cremini mushrooms, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
4 servings pasta
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Heat a large frying pan on med-high heat. Once hot, add the butter. The butter should initially sizzle and foam, and turn a light golden color. Once this happens, add the sage and mushrooms. Continue frying until the mushrooms are soft and golden brown. Season with salt and pepper.

While the mushrooms are cooking, add the pasta to the water and cook until al dente.

Once the pasta is done, drain, and add to the frying pan with the mushrooms. Toss. Add 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese. Serve warm with additional cheese on the side. Pasta is best eaten immediately while still warm.


  1. Hey, this recipe looks very delicious! What kind of pasta did you use?

    1. In Italy we call them "caserecce"

  2. Om nom nom that sounds delicious!

  3. Dear Heather, I can totally relate...my son is now 4 years old and I finally can say that I get some sleep (hooray!). Of course this does not mean that you will have to wait that long, as far as I see among my friends, we are an exception. Things will definitely improve, albeit slowly and rest assured that later on you will only remember how cute was your cutie pie. I send you a big conforting hug!

  4. oooooh pasta... I remember cooking lots of pasta when my son was born, it was pretty easy and fast. Though I cannot say I was sleep deprived, or tired, nope, I had a very lucky stroke with my boy, he was such an easy going baby!!! I do fear his adolescence, though ahahahahaha.

  5. I love a simple, beautiful recipe like this! Full of flavor and not over complicated with ingredients and steps. Beautiful photos as well! Props to you for being able to get such gorgeous shots, newborn and all! I hope you are able to get a little more sleep soon :)

  6. Our little boy arrived three weeks ago and I totally understand how you feel - every waking moment seems to be feeding, changing, burping, settling on repeat. Bliss but also hard and all consuming. Cooking is such a wonderful break for me and I've been managing to make simple meals every day - this pasta looks like a lovely addition to my repertoire x

  7. This pasta looks great. Easy and quick! The photos are gorgeous too, I love the light in them x