Kate’s Sage Butter

3–4 tablespoons sage*, coarsely chopped
1 stick unsalted butter, clarified

This is delicious drizzled over plain pasta, cheese or spinach ravioli, or steamed veggies. If you choose not to clarify the butter, use about 5 tablespoons instead of a stick, melt it over low heat, and proceed with step 2.

1. To clarify butter, cut into 1-inch pieces and melt in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Remove pan from heat and let butter stand 3 minutes. Skim froth and slowly pour butter into a measuring cup, leaving milky solids in bottom of pan. Dump out the solids, and return butter to pan.

2. Remove pan from heat, add sage, cover, and let steep for 5–30 minutes, or to desired taste. Strain leaves and toss with pasta. Add a few whole sage leaves for garnish.

*This is also good using other herbs, particularly rosemary!