Brown Butter Spring Vegetable Fettuccine

Brown Butter Spring Vegetable Fettuccine is one of my favorite spring pasta recipes to indulge in. With roasted fresh spring vegetables and a creamy brown butter sauce, this dish is as easy to make as it is to eat. Plus it’s ready in only 20 minutes!

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It’s hard to believe Spring is well underway and summer is starting to peek around the corner ahead… Here in Colorado it feels like you get a true Spring from time to time… and other times it’s winter. Then other times, it’s summer. It can be a little confusing to someone who just wants to have thunderstorms, spring flowers and moderate temperatures for a couple of months.

The way that I stay sane is through the season’s food.

Giant shocker, I’m sure.

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You know when the season’s change, how much you crave the new season’s food?? This year I’ve been too buried and running all over the place to even realize that Spring has sprung.

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It didn’t help that it snowed again earlier this month, but c’est la vie in Colorado.

This pasta is one of those Spring meals I love to cling to. It’s got everything I think of for summer – roasted fresh vegetables, a creamy and light brown butter sauce, and roasted pine nuts to give it an extra toasty note in each bite. There’s a giant burst of flavor in every single bite! The burst of roasted cherry tomatoes and zucchini in each bite is the reminder I need to crawl out of a constant cycle of chilis and stews.

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It’s a bowl of freshness that when you top it all off with a generous sprinkle of cheese, you’ve got an easy spring pasta dish that everyone will be clambering to get their hands on at the dinner table.

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All I ask is that you save a bowl for the next day for lunch. Primarily because it’s just as amazing leftover, but secondly because you do deserve to treat yo’self to a delicious lunch this spring. Just sayin’…. 😉

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Brown Butter Spring Vegetable Fettuccine

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

Total Time:25 minutes

Creamy brown butter, pasta, pine nuts and fresh spring vegetables! This pasta is a seasonal favorite everyone will love.


  • 1 lb fettuccine
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan + extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl toss tomatoes and zucchini with olive oil. Spread out into an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain. Set aside.
  4. In a large skillet, melt butter. Add pine nuts and cook until the butter is golden brown, approximately 10 minutes, over medium-high heat. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Stir in pasta water to finish the sauce. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add the pasta and toss in the brown butter sauce. Cook until the pasta is warmed through.
  6. Stir in cheeses, and then stir in roasted tomatoes and zucchini.
  7. Serve immediately with additional grated parmesan.
*Recipe adapted from Saveur

10 Responses to “Brown Butter Spring Vegetable Fettuccine”

  1. Des @ Life's Ambrosia — April 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm (#)

    This pasta looks wonderful! I love the sound of browned butter!

  2. Delaney | Melanie Makes — April 27, 2017 at 4:29 pm (#)

    This is the perfect pasta dish!

  3. Jen — April 27, 2017 at 4:37 pm (#)

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it!! I’m sure my family will love this!

  4. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — April 27, 2017 at 7:24 pm (#)

    This bowl of goodness is my happy place! Just gorgeous!

  5. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling — April 28, 2017 at 1:33 pm (#)

    I love how simple and PERFECT this is!

  6. Erin @ The Speckled Palate — April 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm (#)

    I look to food to keep me sane through crazy seasonal weather patterns, so I feel you. And this? Well, this fettuccine just looks dreamy!

  7. Lauren @ Hall Nesting — April 30, 2017 at 5:27 am (#)

    Can you believe I have never added brown butter to a pasta before?!? This sounds incredible

  8. Sandi G — April 30, 2017 at 9:54 am (#)

    What a fun pasta dish. I love the fresh vegetables mixed in.

  9. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — May 1, 2017 at 9:59 am (#)

    I adore all pasta that’s cooked with brown butter! So so good! Pinning!

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