These kohlrabi noodles are decadent and gourmet-like, but require only 4 ingredients and 20 minutes. For a fun way to pair a unique vegetable with savory fall favors, this gluten free and vegetarian kohlrabi recipe is for you!
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Woaaaaah nelly, do I have a treat for you today!
The way this dish tastes sort of makes you feel like the chef at a 5-star gourmet restaurant came into your kitchen and whipped up a quick meal.
I’m serious, though! These Sage Brown Butter Kohlrabi Noodles are coated in a decadent 2-ingredient sauce. Then, they’re topped with perfectly toasted pine nuts.
The delicate, slightly sweet flavor of kohlrabi (similar to the taste of a broccoli stalk) shines through in this dish, and proved to be a wonderful companion to one of my favorite fall herbs…sage!
I’m so pleased with how it turned out that I vowed to make it at least a dozen more times this fall. Good thing kohlrabi season lasts through the winter and into early spring in most areas.
By the way, for those of you who aren’t too familiar with kohlrabi, I wrote all about it in my recent post on Roasted Kohlrabi Steaks.
How to Make Kohlrabi Noodles
In order to prepare kohlrabi to resemble “noodles,” you need a spiralizer (click the link to see which one I prefer to use).
And before you run a bulb of kohlrabi through the spiralizer, you need to trim and peel it with a swivel peeler. Kohlrabi skin is edible, but it doesn’t lend itself to making good noodles.
You can use either green or purple kohlrabi to make the noodles. They taste very similar in my opinion. So, the recipe should turn out just fine regardless of which one you choose.
A company called Mann’s also sells pre-spiralized kohlrabi noodles if you’d rather go that route instead.
Cooking Kohlrabi Noodles
The best way to cook kohlrabi noodles is in a large skillet. You’ll find that a single kohlrabi bulb makes a TON of noodles, but that they will cook down.
For this recipe, put half of the butter in the skillet with half of the chopped sage for it to melt down before adding the noodles. Let them cook for 10-15 minutes or until they get to your desired level of tenderness.
While that’s happening, toast the pine nuts in a separate skillet until fragrant, and remove them from heat immediately (you don’t want them to burn!). About 5 minutes before your noodles are finished, add the rest of the butter and sage to the same skillet you used for the pine nuts.
Let the sauce melt down until it shimmers and turns slightly brown (over medium heat). Drizzle the cooked kohlrabi with the sage brown butter sauce. Transfer to a plate and top with pine nuts and more sage.
Can you say YUMMMM?!
What to Serve with Kohlrabi Noodles
To serve this dish as part of a complete meal, pair it with fish or pork tenderloin. Or you can add lentils for a vegetarian option.
Kohlrabi noodles taste best when eaten right away, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
For other recipes with kohlrabi, don’t miss out on my Baked Kohlrabi Chips with Shallot Yogurt Dip and Whole Roasted Kohlrabi with Pomegranate Reduction. And if you LOVE sage brown butter, my Acorn Squash Eggs-in-a-hole with Sage Brown Butter are a reader favorite!
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Sage Brown Butter Kohlrabi Noodles with Pine Nuts
- Prepare the kohlrabi by peeling the bulb and running it through a spiralizer. Use your knife or kitchen scissors to cut the noodles into shorter pieces (the long ones can be hard to eat all at once!).
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add half of the butter and sage and let it melt for 1-2 minutes. Add the kohlrabi noodles (it will look like a lot at first before they cook down) and let them cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they reach your desired tenderness.
- In a separate skillet, toast the pine nuts over medium heat until fragrant (~2-4 minutes). Remove them from the skillet and reserve for later. In the same skillet that you used for the pine nuts, heat the second half of the butter and sage over medium heat until the butter shimmers and turns slightly brown.
- When the kohlrabi noodles are finishing cooking, drizzle them with the sage brown butter. Transfer to two plates and top with the pine nuts, salt and pepper, and more sage if desired. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!