Toasted “Butter” & Sage Pasta

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So I try not to preamble too much before a recipe, in many cases skipping them entirely. People don’t like reading them, I don’t like writing them – it’s a great system. So since I’ve bothered to mention anything at all in this one, you know that there’s something important to be found within, one that will definitely affect the outcome of this recipe.

The plant butter you use will make or break this recipe, and in this case, you want to use something like Miyoko’s or perhaps a homemade plant-butter you’ve made with plant milk. This is because you need something to toast, which in conventional butter would be the milk solids. A lot of plant “butters” are oil based, and if you try and use them here, you just get some hot oil.

If you’ve discovered another store-bought butter that also contains plant milk, I would love to hear about it in the comments! Happy Cooking!


A veganized version every pasta afficionado will enjoy

Course Main Course


  • 1/3 cup plant butter this needs to either be Miyoko's plant butter, or a homemade butter that includes plant milk in the ingredients. See the blog post for reasons why.
  • 2-ish cups dry pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • generous handful fresh sage, big stems removed
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside, reserving about a half cup of the pasta water.

  2. Heat frying pan (cast iron works VERY well for this) over medium heat.

  3. Add plant butter to heated frying pan, and stir to melt. Continue to stir and cook while the butter foams and bubbles for 4-5 minutes.

  4. As the bubbly foam starts to clear, continue to stir until you'll see browned toasted bits on the bottom of your pan.

  5. Carefully add the garlic, nutritional yeast, and the sage, and quickly stir to incorporate everything together. Add cooked pasta, and toss to coat, adding splashes of pasta water as needed to

  6. Add cooked pasta, and toss to coat, adding a few splashes of reserved pasta water as needed so the pasta stays loose.

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