Traditionally used in medicine and said to impart wisdom and clarity, sage is an omnipresent herb on autumn tables. Sage imparts a smoky, winter herb flavor to many dishes, and while some of us may still be mourning the loss of our summer herb gardens, sage is nothing to sniff at, which is why sage recipes are gracing our tables this Meatless Monday.
Sage is frequently paired with sweeter autumnal vegetables like sweet potatoes and squash. While this is an excellent way to use sage, it’s not the only one! Discover some of our favorite sage recipes for a savory foray into fall.
Sweet potato gnocchi are a fall favorite for many; the rich sweetness of the potato pasta is perfectly complemented by a sage, maple and cinnamon brown butter — if there was one dish to encapsulate fall, this would most definitely be it! Because sage is a bit hardier than summer herbs like basil, it can be fried easily for a crisp, fragrant topping to this dish.
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Reduce the carb intake of a fall pasta dish even further with our roasted spaghetti squash with sage. Spaghetti squash is quite a bit milder in flavor than many other sweet winter squashes, but the sweet sautéed shallots add flavor and richness to this low-carb dish.
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Sweeter butternut squash is just as good a pair for sage. Classic butternut squash soup is a fall favorite, and everyone seems to have their own recipe. Even so, consider giving ours a try; veggie stock easily stands in for chicken stock, but the more important added ingredients — sweet and sour Granny Smith apple, smoky ground coriander and just a hint of cayenne turn this version of the classic into something special. Topped with a fried sage leaf, this soup could appear on any restaurant table.
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Sage plays very well with winter squash, but it doesn’t have to! This simple white sage pizza can be prepared in several ways. When figs are in season, take advantage and add them to the top to let their sweetness shine through. But when no figs can be found, the truffle in this pizza will be more than enough to stand up to the flavors of sage. It’s a gourmet choice either way, perfect for Meatless Monday!
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