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Pasta, White Beans, Sage, and Crispy Garlic


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  • 3/4 pound pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 pound sweet sausage
  • 1 can white beans, drained
  • 1/2 to 3/4 jar sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup grated Asiago cheese (about 3 ounces)


Servings 4


Step 1

Cook pasta.

Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter with oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic slices and sauté until light golden, about 45 seconds. Using slotted spoon, transfer garlic to bowl.

Increase heat to medium-high; add sage to same skillet and stir until beginning to crisp, about 10 seconds. Add sausage and sauté until browned and crisp in spots, breaking up with fork, about 8 minutes. Add white beans and sundried tomatoes to sausage and cook until heated through, about three minutes.

Drain pasta, setting aside one cup pasta water, Add pasta, cheese, and remaining 1 tablespoon butter to skillet. Add enough pasta water to make a sauce. Add crushed red pepper, if desired; season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer pasta to large bowl. Top with crispy garlic and more grated cheese.

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