These garlic butter noodles never go out of fashion, and there is nothing quite like the comfort of a classic dish. They are easy to make, packed with flavor, and perfect for weekday lunches or dinners.
All about Garlic Butter Noodles
Garlic butter noodles are a classic dish that is loved by many. They are the perfect combination of creamy garlic butter and al dente noodles. With a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy these noodles in no time. All you need to do is sauté some garlic in butter, toss in cooked noodles until they are coated, and stir in grated Parmesan cheese and salt.
Everything about this recipe is versatile. You can choose from a variety of noodles, including spaghetti, fettuccini, angel hair, or linguine, depending on your preference. You can adjust the amount of butter, garlic, and Parmesan cheese based on your taste. Then you can add in some extra ingredients like cooked chicken, mushrooms, or spinach to make it a complete meal.
Ingredients You’ll Need for this Recipe
- Pasta of your choice (I used spaghetti)
- Garlic cloves
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh parsley for garnish
How to Make Garlic Butter Noodles
- Peel and mince or mash the garlic cloves.
- Heat the butter in a pan. Add the minced garlic and fry it on low heat until it is golden and fragrant. Watch it cook because it is easy to burn.
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once it is cooked, drain the water and add the sauteed garlic and butter sauce.
- Mix well to make sure the pasta is coated with the butter and garlic.
- Add the salt and Parmesan cheese and mix well.
- Serve with more Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley on top.
How to Serve Garlic Butter Noodles
Most people serve garlic butter noodles as a side dish with a meat, vegetable, and/or salad. But it is easy to transform this recipe into a main dish by adding grilled meat to the top. You can also add a variety of grilled veggies to the noodles for a complete meal in one dish.
Garlic butter noodles make a nice presentation when you serve them with a light sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley, and cracked black pepper.
Tips and Variations for these Noodles
There are many tips and variations for these garlic butter noodles.
- Cook the noodles al dente so they don’t get sticky.
- For a richer flavor, use more butter than is called for in the recipe.
- If you want a creamier sauce, add some heavy cream when adding the Parmesan cheese.
- Experiment with different fresh or dried herbs, such as thyme, basil, or oregano.
- Switch up the cheese by using grated cheddar, mozzarella, or blue cheese instead of Parmesan.
- To make the noodles a bit spicy, add a dash of chili flakes for a kick.
- Add smoked salmon and capers for a unique twist.
- To make a vegan version of this recipe, use olive oil in place of butter and add nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.
How to Store Leftovers
It is best to serve garlic butter noodles when they are hot and fresh, but you can save them if you have leftovers. Store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat them in a pan with a bit more butter or olive oil. You can use these garlic butter noodles for meal prepping, but they are so quick to make that I prefer to make them right before eating.
Other Pasta Recipes
- Around 2 oz per person of the pasta of your choice (Spaghetti is mine)
- 5 garlic cloves
- 3 teaspoons butter
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Start by peeling and mincing or smashing the garlic cloves.
- In the pan add the butter and minced garlic cloves and let fry on low heat (be careful since it can burn very easily) until golden and fragrant.
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once cooked, drain, and add to the fried garlic and aromatized butter sauce.
- Mix well making sure to coat the pasta well with the butter and garlic. Add the salt.
- Add the parmesan cheese and mix well.
- Serve with more parmesan cheese on top and some freshly chopped parsley.
Try adding some dried herbs like oregano, basil or even thyme. Also, in case you want to make it a bit spicy adding a dash of chili flakes will give the needed kick.
Some smoked salmon and capers is also a delicious way to change this basic pasta dish. As you can see, it can act as a “base” and you can add more ingredients according to your liking of the moment or your fridge!
Switch fresh parsley for fresh basil
for the ultimate fresh touch.
These garlic butter noodles are very meal prep friendly, however are that quick to make that I prefer to make them right before eating, however can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
Just reheat in a pan with a bit more butter or olive oil.