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5 from 6 votes

Brown Butter Bucatini with Walnuts

An easy to make dish in minutes, this Brown Butter Bucatini with Walnuts has the nutty flavor of browned butter coating the pasta and is topped with a ground walnut, parsley and lemon zest crumble.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: brown butter bucatini, bucatini, pasta recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 412kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 1 lb bucatini pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup parsley loosely packed
  • 1 lemon


  • In a food processor (or chop by hand) add the walnuts, parsley and zest from half a lemon. Process until crumb in form. Set aside.

To Make Brown Butter

  • Melt butter over medium heat and swirl the sauté pan to be sure the butter cooks evenly.
  • The butter will begin to foam and the color will change from yellow to golden to brown. Once you smell that nutty aroma, take the pan off the heat and allow to cool. It takes a few minutes total.


  • Cook bucatini per package directions.
  • Toss cooked and drained pasta with browned butter and plate. Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.Top each plate of bucatini with the walnut parsley mixture.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan or Pecorino-Romano cheese is desired and serve with slices of lemon to squeeze on top. 


Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 9.8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.4mg