Whenever I heard of the phrase "brown butter," I shuddered. I mean, why or how would someone even do this? What's the point? Well, after making brown butter several times for different types of recipes, I can officially confirm I am obsessed and will never stop making it. I cannot believe I've waited this long to dabble in making brown butter. I've seen others make it, and I had to believe that I was able to achieve it. I will say, one or two fails into it, that the trick to getting perfectly browned butter is watching the pan meticulously and stirring to ensure nothing is burnt. I've made brown butter for cookies, and it was finally time I used it in pasta. Tortellini felt like the perfect vessel for brown butter, so here we are.
If you've never had brown butter before, it is butter in a rendered down version, with tiny little bits of butter fat at the bottom of the pan which makes up the "brown" part of the butter. If you're not familiar, butter is made up of fat and water. It's 80% fat, but that also leaves the remaining 20% as water. When the butter is browned, it goes through a process of melting, sputtering (because of the water molecules), foaming, and then lastly, browning. It's easy to get caught up in the hoopla that surrounds brown butter because it can be tedious and stressful if not taken with care (the butter can burn within seconds), but I PROMISE you, this is totally doable. If I can make brown butter, so can you!
The best thing you can use to make brown butter is quality butter at room temperature, and a shallow, light bottomed pan. The reason? Room temperature butter is easier to melt, and using a light-bottomed pan helps with visually seeing the butter turn brown.
You can use brown butter for a lot of different recipes, including:
The limit truly does not exist when making brown butter. It goes with everything!
Brown butter is such a fun way to elevate any dish or baked good. It adds a depth of flavor that is unlike any other. Nutty, buttery, creamy, slightly toasted, and tossed with this tortellini in a parmesan and cream sauce is truly the perfect combination of flavors. Pasta and brown 2butter, is there anything better?
Have no fear, brown butter is here! Adding brown butter to a dish always enhances it, and when paired with tender tortellini, it's mind-blowing. Browning butter is not at challenging as it looks, and the only way to conquer your fear is to jump right in. You'll love the end result.
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