Homemade Pumpkin Pasta w/ Brown Butter Sage Sauce

by Kiran on January 22, 2013 · 26 comments

in Entree, Pasta

Hey guys!! It’s been a while since the last post. The lack of updates were due to health problems. But it’s all under control now, so let’s indulge 🙂

There’s a lot about traveling that I’m yet to learn and grasp.

Like, how not to loathe about the whole idea of packing — instead being positive about how much joy that is in the air.

Like, how I need to learn to “let-go” and allow others to pamper us by over-indulging.

Most importantly, spending as much time as possible with loved ones. Making memories together.

It’s so easy to feel “convenient” at your home but leaving the nest once in a while is definitely an eye opening experience. There’s much more laughter to share on dinner table every single night.

Sitting down for a meal together as a family is one of many simple and important moments we are cherishing. There’s nothing than gobbling and laughing, reminiscing about childhood memories and talking about the future.

All at the dinner table. Life is short and often lived mundanely. Take your meal and have a sit down together. Discuss about your day and laugh.

Obviously, not while your mouth is full 😉

Since arriving in Bangalore, we have eaten so much and there’s more to eat. From pani puri, to aloo tikki, matka misti doi, biryani, samosas,  idlis and even fresh coconut water — the list and belly continues to grow with contentment.

I have a few recipes to try with local ingredients but seeking time away from all the love is almost impossible right now. I hope to seek some time-out soon to introduce some recipes on the blog.

Meantime, I hope you’d continue showing us your support here, which means the world to us 🙂

Who would’ve thought that I would ever attempt at making pasta from scratch? Ever?

As intimidating as it might sound, I’m here to tell you — don’t be. Give it a try for yourself. Be your own critique.

Of course using store-bought pastas is no harm at all. But I was so tempted to give this a try. And it’s so therapeutic to knead a pasta dough but a little struggle to use a pizza cutter to make strips out of it.

If I can do it without a pasta maker, you can definitely do it too.

It’s all about taking up challenges.

Lets switch the gear and swoon about brown butter.

Where was I all this while without brown butter in my life? How did it took me so long to discover this gem?

Now, go make it and tell me how it turned out! Eeeepps! I’m so excited!!!

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Adapted from David Lebovitz | How to make fresh pasta

For 2 servings


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp all spice powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Semolina flour for dusting

Brown butter:

  • 1.5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 10 sage leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt & black pepper


  1. Add salt, all spice powder and cinnamon powder into all purpose flour. Mix it well.
  2. Create a mound of spiced all-purpose flour on a clean and dry counter-top with a crater in the center.
  3. Add egg and pumpkin puree in the crater. Use your fingers to gradually fold the flour into the center, mixing it with the egg and pumpkin puree.
  4. The dough would be sticky at first. Knead the pasta dough for a few minutes until its texture is relatively smooth.
  5. Leave dough to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare brown butter by heating a non-stick skillet on medium. When skillet is hot, add unsalted butter and allow it to melt and brown for a minute. Keep stirring in between. Brown butter is ready when it’s fragrant. Keep it aside.
  7. Bring a pot of water to rolling boil.
  8. Dust countertop with some semolina flour. Roll out pasta dough as thin as possible. Using a pizza cutter, make thin pasta strips as carefully as possible.
  9. Lay out thin strips of fresh pasta on a large baking sheet, dusted with semolina flour to avoid sticking.
  10. Once pasta strips are all ready, add it into boiling hot water for 1 minute only. Keep stirring to avoid sticking.
  11. Heat brown butter on medium and add sage leaves. Cook until crisp. Throw in cooked fresh homemade pasta and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Serve it with a smile 🙂


A lesson I’ve learned while traveling for the past 2 months or so — being offline is definitely rejuvenating. Try it. Switch off your phones or any distracting gadgets at your dinner table.

I kept away from technology for a while. If I can do it, so can you 🙂

Do you bring phones/gadgets/distractions to your dinner table? If not, share how do you stay away from it?


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1 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) January 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Hi Kiran! So glad you are enjoying your travels – I have been loving your IG pics :). This pasta looks so comforting and surprisingly easy!

We don’t bring any electronics to the dinner table, mostly to set a good example for our son and to have at least some time unplugged every day!
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2 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

#1 In love with your gorgeous photos and styling! 🙂
#2 You can do no wrong with pumpkin, brown butter, & sage – perfection!


3 shama nags January 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

tempting and inviting recipe…


4 Rosa January 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Beautiful pasta and goregous pictures as well as props. I love the flavors you have used.




5 Ploy January 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Nice to receive another recipe — It’s been to long 🙂

Glad to see you’ve not lost your touch. This recipe and the illustrations are beautiful as ever.
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6 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health January 22, 2013 at 2:42 PM

so happy to see your new post 🙂 its such a great experience to spend time with loved ones and around good food. this pumpkin pasta looks so delicious and given my love for carbs, I might be trying this recipe soon.
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7 Choc Chip Uru January 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

This looks incredible my friend, it’s nice to have you back 🙂

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8 Jen @ Savory Simple January 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Oh my goodness, this looks unbelievable! Welcome back!
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9 Kitchen Belleicious January 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

butter+sage= AMAZING! I love pasta- i love pasta more when it has pumpkin, butter and sage! the pictures are gorgeous
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10 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au January 23, 2013 at 5:26 AM

lucky you filled with love and food and travels. Enjoy yourself , see you soon
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11 Kathryn January 23, 2013 at 6:35 AM

This is really, really gorgeous.
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12 Denise @ Creative Kitchen January 23, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Hi Kiran!!

Sounds like you’ve been having a blast! Traveling is always fun. 😉 I totally agree about the “unplugged” time. The last few days I’ve been an IG slacker, and I realized I just wanted to “live” in the moment instead of document it all. lol

Your fresh pasta looks amazing. I’ve made egg noodles before (super easy), but it had been years and I just tried my hand at homemade lasagna noodles the other week. WOW!!! Don’t know if I’ll ever go back. They were SO easy and SO good!
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13 PolaM January 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I never tried making pumpkin pasta… sounds like a great idea!
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14 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Brown butter is the best smell isn’t it? I’m sorry to hear about your health concerns, hope everything is okay.
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15 Courtney Jones January 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Your photos are so so so gorgeous! wow! This pasta looks wonderful.
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16 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings January 25, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Oh, just beautiful photography and styling and (of course) lovely fresh pasta! I just got a pasta maker for Christmas, and I know I have to make my own, too! But alas, I’m on the Paleo “diet” right now, to cut out carbs and refined sugar. But no worries, I won’t be on Paleo forever. I love my carbs and sweets too much! I will eat week days clean Paleo food and weekends are for treats and cheats! Sound good? Bookmarking this now…
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17 carolinaheartstrings January 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Looks like you did a fantastic job with this dish. Your pictures are gorgeous.
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18 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com January 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Oh mine, you’re making your own pasta! While I do make my own ravioli, I am still steps away from actually making strips of pasta, I thought you needed a machine for that. Your dish looks marvelous, and I hope you’ll be feeling better soon and share more posts!
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19 Janine January 31, 2013 at 1:59 AM

i discovered browned butter a year ago and i’m definitely in love with it! it somehow goes really really well with sage 🙂 and i’m definitely a supported of NO technology at the dinner table and i absolutely hate it when people use iphones at the table :/ love the last two photos of your props and styling 🙂
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