Pasta with Butter-Thyme Sauce for #SundaySupper

by Renee on June 10, 2012

A simple pasta dish made with butter and fresh thyme

Simple and fresh. What a wonderful theme for this week’s #SundaySupper. Although summer officially starts on June 20th, it seems like it has already arrived. I can see how a lot of folks would rather be outside enjoying the season than spending hours in the kitchen. Simple recipes make it easy to cook a good meal and allow more time for summer fun.

The simple and fresh theme came from LAND O LAKES®. The Sunday Supper bloggers were given the opportunity to develop and share recipes with using their new Butter With Olive Oil & Sea Salt. I was so excited because LAND O LAKES® is the brand of butter I have used for many, many years. I went out and purchased this new product immediately. I could not wait to try it.

#SundaySupper Land O Lakes Logo

I wanted to share a recipe with butter as the highlight. As I looked around for ideas, I remembered I had this pretty croxetti pasta. The patterns in the pasta give it an elegant touch. They also help to hold the butter sauce onto the pasta.

Croxetti Pasta

A plain butter sauce would not be enough. I wanted to do more than just stirring butter into pasta. I chose to use fresh thyme to bring in flavor. Herbs bring a freshness to any dish. I happen to have plenty of thyme around the house.

Fresh Thyme

The simple recipe has many options. You can prepare and serve it with just the three ingredients. You can top it with Parmesan cheese or toasted nuts like pinenuts or walnuts. Add cooked chicken, turkey, or shrimp to make it a main dish instead of a side. Spinach would be another great choice. There are many possibilities to use what you have on hand.

Want more recipes? The Sunday Supper bloggers have some incredible ones this week:

Please take the time to visit these wonderful blogs. Also be sure to follow LAND O LAKES® on twitter, @LandOLakesKtchn, and like their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/LandOLakes. Check out the Sunday Supper Pinterest board to find even more recipes.

Would you like to try this butter? How about for free? I have two coupons to give away. The coupons were provided by LAND O LAKES® and are good for one free package of LAND O LAKES® Butter With Olive Oil & Sea Salt Half Sticks (up to $4.99 value). Leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite recipe made with butter? I will pick the two recipes that sound the yummiest to me. Good luck!

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Pasta with Butter-Thyme Sauce

Pasta with Butter-Thyme Sauce

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil is when you can remove the thyme leaves from the stems and lightly chop them. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. When the butter starts to bubble, add the thyme and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 3 minutes and remove from the heat. Be careful not to over-cook or else the thyme will be fried and crispy. You want only to infuse the flavor of thyme in the butter.

Drain cooked pasta and transfer to a large pasta bowl. Pour butter-thyme sauce over pasta and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Notes

Options for toppings to this recipe: toasted pinenuts or walnuts, parmesan cheese, fresh cracked pepper, chicken, and/or shrimp.

*Unsalted butter can be substituted. Add salt to taste.

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Disclosure: The author received a full-value coupon redeemable for LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

About LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt: Land O’Lakes is expanding its popular line of half-stick butter with the introduction of LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt. This new product contains wholesome ingredients: sweet cream, olive oil and sea salt. LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt is an easy and convenient way to simply enhance the flavor of your favorite foods. Available in a premeasured half-stick size, this new product can be used for topping and cooking a variety of foods, combining the two ingredients consumers often combine separately when frying or sautéing foods. The delicious taste of butter and olive oil will add delicious flavor to any dish.

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Pam @ The Meltaways June 10, 2012 at 6:11 am

This looks amazing, Renee! I love the pasta – gorgeous! Thyme is one of my favorite herbs, so this is right up my alley! Great choice for this week!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Thank you Pam! Nice to see someone else who loves thyme as much as I do.

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Hezzi-D June 10, 2012 at 7:34 am

I’ve never seen this type of pasta before but I love it! The sauce sounds simple but yummy.

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

When I saw this pasta years ago I had to get it. Since then I make sure I have a supply of it in my pantry. It is hard to find though.

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina June 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

That pasta is gorgeous! I’m going to have to hunt some of that down!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Williams-Sonoma carried it for a while and they may still have it. If not, you can find it online.

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diabeticFoodie June 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

That pasta looks gorgeous – I’ve never seen anything like it. Thanks for providing another dish that will help me use some of the thyme in my herb garden.

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Thank you!

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Family Foodie June 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

What a beautiful recipe with beautiful photography! I can’t wait to try this dish and I am honored that you shared it during #SundaySupper!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Thank you so much Isabel for your kind compliment on my photography. I really enjoyed making this and sharing it for #SundaySupper.

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Amber June 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

LOVE your pasta! It’s so beautiful! Great idea on the thyme! Awesome recipe!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Thanks Amber!

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Patti June 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

The pasta really turns this into an elegant dish!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Absolutely! Sometimes all it takes is a little something unique and different to elevate a dish.

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Tammi June 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Oh I LOVE pasta, it’s my weakness…..I surrender to this one!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I surrendered to a big bowl of this when I made it and the next day too. So simple and good.

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Carla June 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I’ve never heard or seen of that pasta until you mentioned it. Beautiful presentation and dish :)

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Terra June 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I love simple pasta dishes! This sounds delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Thank you Terra!

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Kim Bee June 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I’ve never seen pasta with designs in it before. So elegant and pretty. This is one amazing meal. Great Sunday Supper meal. Love it!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Thanks Kim! I really have a great time with participating in #SundaySupper. It is something I really believe in to bring back the family around the table.

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Emily June 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Croxetti are so pretty, I love them with pesto too!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Yes! Pesto is another great choice for croxetti.

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Angie@Angie's Recipes June 11, 2012 at 5:34 am

What cute pasta! Don’t think I have seen them here…a simple pasta with fresh ingredients is always the best!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Croxetti is not easily found and the best place I can suggest is to find it online.

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Baker Street June 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

You’ve said all the magical words, Renee! What a fabulous recipe to share this weekend! :)

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Thank you SO much!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal June 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

I love this pasta. I have never seen it before. I wonder if my store carries it, will be looking today. Such a simple recipe. Love it!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog June 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

Renee, this dish looks so good. I love the pretty round pasta you used for the dish. I have never seen this type of pasta; I love it. I hope you had an awesome #SundaySupper my friend.

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Thank Jennie!

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Laura @ Family Spice June 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

That is some seriously cute pasta rounds! I love my fresh thyme. It’s flourishing now that it’s summer. Great #SundaySupper!

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

My thyme is growing like crazy. I have 3 varieties (2 in pots and 1 in the ground). Lots of opportunity for me to cook with it.

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman June 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Sounds delicious. I bet this butter would make a good brown butter and sage sauce to pair with that pasta…

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Renee June 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Unfortunately the olive oil in it prevents it from browning (at least in my experience). I would use pure butter for a brown butter sauce.

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Hezzi-D June 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

I would use the butter to make a simple pasta, butter, herb, and cheese dish!

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Baker Street June 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

Ooh! I would like to make pie dough with this delish butter!

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Renee June 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

Winner! I want to see how this butter does in pie dough. I think it would be good for a savory pie (like a meat pie or pot pie).

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The Home Cook June 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

I would love to use the butter just on crusty bread, but I would also try it as a light sauce for pasta.

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Christie Ellis {Pepper Lynn} June 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

This butter sounds delish! My new favorite way to use it is in these black pepper shortbread wedges.

http://www.pepperlynn.com/2012/06/black-pepper-shortbread-wedges/

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Renee June 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

Winner! I would like to see the recipe for savory black pepper shortbread.

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife June 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

holy moly that pasta is pretty! I have got to find some of that and make this!!

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Renee June 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Thanks Angie! When I saw this pasta the first time I could not resist – I had to have it.

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Sofie Dittmann @thegermanfoodie June 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

That pasta almost looks too pretty to eat! But how delicious, now I have to find that stuff on my next trip to the “big city”. :)

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Renee June 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

Thanks Sofie!

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) June 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I love this pasta. It looks simple and fresh yet sooooo delicious! Gorgeous, too!

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Renee June 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

Thank you Kayle!

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