For 1 pound of pasta
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter or more to taste!
- 6 fresh sage leaves
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1/8 to 1/4-inch bits
- Hot water from pasta-cooking pot
- 1 cup freshly grated Grana Padano
Melt the butter over medium-high heat in the skillet and scatter the sage leaves around the pan.When the butter begins to sizzle, drop the chopped walnuts in a hot spot. T oast them, stirring them in the butter for a minute or so, until they start to turn light brown.
Ladle in 1 cup of pasta cooking water. Cook at an active simmer for about 3 minutes, to develop flavor and thicken the sauce.Finish sauce with cooked pasta as u sual, tossing and cooking together over low heat. Off the heat, toss pasta with the freshly grated cheese just before serving.