As we ease ourselves into Fall, we’re sharing some of our favorite transitional recipes that utilize the flavorful comforts of fall mixed with the remaining freshness of summer. Enter today’s recipe where rich browned butter is seasoned with notes of citrus, tossed with pasta and sweet peas, then topped with toasted walnuts and breadcrumbs.
You might think lemon balm is just good for tea. Well, think again. It’s subtle herbaceous, citrusy note lends a refreshing take on a hearty pasta dish like today’s.
Though the bulk of our summer harvest has slowed down, the herbs are still flourishing, particularly the lemon balm.
I had a vision for this herb, that I have several times now mistaken for mint, in a savory setting.
That being said, when I decided to treat the family to a browned butter pasta, I got the idea of mixing in sweet peas and fresh lemon balm. It offers the usually rich dish a bit of lightness with its lemony, minty, sweetness.
To tie it all together, I toasted chopped walnuts and breadcrumbs to serve over the rigatoni along with lots of shaved Parmesan.
If you don’t happen to have lemon balm on hand, feel free of course to use lemon zest in its place. If you want the extra greenery, chopped fresh parsley or basil tossed in here with do the trick.
This Brown Butter & Herb Pasta is a delicious transitional dish that evokes both the flavors of a lingering summer and burgeoning fall.