Pasta with Sage and Parmesan | Torrance Memorial

Published on January 23, 2022

Pasta with Sage and Parmesan

pasta with parmesan

Native to the Mediterranean region, sage is an aromatic herb traditionally used in medicine for the treatment of seizures, ulcers, gout, inflammation, paralysis, diarrhea, hyperglycemia, and more. With its savory, slightly peppery flavor, it can be used for seasoning and flavoring for foods from sausages, to stuffing - even pasta. Try it in the recipe below for added flavor and health benefits.

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Makes 4 servings


  • 1 pound cut pasta, like ziti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 30 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 cup or more of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Cook pasta until it is tender to the touch, but not quite done.
  2. While pasta is cooking, place butter in a skillet or saucepan large enough to hold the cooked pasta; turn heat to medium and add sage. Cook until butter turns dark-brown and sage shrivels, then turn heat to a minimum.
  3. When the pasta is just about done, save one cup of the cooking pasta water. Drain the pasta and immediately add it to the butter-sage mixture. Raise heat to medium. Add 3/4 cup of the water, and stir; the mixture will be loose and a little soupy. Cook for about 30 seconds, or until some of the water is absorbed and the pasta is perfectly done.
  4. Stir in cheese- the sauce will become creamy. If necessary and per preference, thin it with a small amount of water. Season liberally with pepper and salt to taste, and serve immediately.
  5. Top with more grated parmesan to taste and garnish with

Nutrition (per serving) Calories: 607 | Protein: 26 g | Fat: 19 g | Sodium: 397 mg | Carbohydrate: 90 g

Recipe Courtesy of Megan Young, MS, RDN

Megan is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who enjoys helping patients optimize their overall health through dietary and lifestyle changes. She sees patients within the hospital as well as provides nutrition therapy consultations at the outpatient center to address concerns related to weight management, bariatric surgeries, and various other health and metabolic conditions. For more information, visit our Nutrition Services page.