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Buttered Noodles

If you need an easy 20-minute meal, these Buttered Noodles will save the day! All you need is butter, Parmesan cheese, simple herbs, and a hint of lemon juice. Serve this with garlic bread with cheese, roasted green beanssteak or chicken!

A white plate with buttered noodles topped with herbs.

Buttered Noodles

There is something about the pure simplicity of buttered noodles that you just can’t beat. And while I respect some recipes that only call for butter and noodles, I’m here to give you something that tastes much better and is just as quick to make.

A simple combination of herbs, butter, Parmesan cheese, pasta water, and a hint of lemon juice is all you need. Adults and kids will just flip over this easy recipe. Check out everything you need to know below!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Boil pasta water and add pasta. Cook according to instructions. Reserve ¼ cup of pasta water and drain the rest.

Add the butter to the warm pot that you boiled the pasta in and allow it to melt.

A pot with boiled pasta noodles and melted butter to make Buttered Noodles.

Add reserved pasta water and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to the Parmesan cheese mixture. Cover and shake to combine.

Add pasta to the pot with the butter and add Parmesan cheese/Pasta water mixture on top.

Use kitchen tongs to toss until combined and serve with garlic bread with cheese.

Combining Buttered noodles with Parmesan cheese and herbs in a pot.

Pro Tips

  • Use high quality butter and Parmesan cheese. My brands of choice are Land O’ Lakes butter and BelGioioso Parmesan cheese. Be sure to grate the cheese from a block instead of using a bag of shredded cheese. The flavor and consistency is much better.
  • Egg noodles, fettuccine, or pappardelle work well for this recipe, (I used pappardelle, link in ‘tools’ section below).
  • Add 1-2 bouillon cubes to the boiling pasta water to add even more flavor to the noodles.

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

What to Serve with Buttered Noodles

A pot filled with Buttered Noodles with herbs and fresh parsley.

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A pile of buttered noodles on a plate with herbs and Parmesan Cheese.

Buttered Noodles

5 from 2 ratings
If you need an easy 20-minute meal, these Buttered Noodles will save the day! All you need is butter, Parmesan cheese, simple herbs, and a hint of lemon juice.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. pasta, egg noodles, fettuccine, or pappardelle work well
  • ¼ cup pasta water
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Instructions

  • Combine shredded Parmesan cheese, ½ tsp oregano, ½ tsp parsley, and ¼ tsp garlic powder in a sealable container (so you can add pasta water and shake to combine later). Set aside.
  • Boil pasta water and add pasta. Cook according to instructions. Reserve ¼ cup of pasta water and drain the rest.
  • Add the butter to the warm pot that you boiled the pasta in and allow it to melt.
  • Add reserved pasta water and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to the Parmesan cheese mixture. Cover and shake to combine.
  • Add pasta to the pot with the butter and add Parmesan cheese/Pasta water mixture on top.
  • Use kitchen tongs to toss until combined and serve with garlic bread with cheese.

Notes

Use high quality butter and Parmesan cheese. My brands of choice are Land O' Lakes butter and BelGioioso Parmesan cheese. Be sure to grate the cheese from a block instead instead of using a bag of shredded cheese. The flavor and consistency is much better.
Egg noodles, fettuccine, or pappardelle work well for this recipe, (I used pappardelle).
Add 1-2 bouillon cubes to the boiling pasta water to add even more flavor to the noodles.

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 313mg, Potassium: 163mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 488IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 176mg, Iron: 1mg

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8 comments on “Buttered Noodles”

  1. Did you use dried herbs or fresh? 

  2. These noodles were so easy to make and really tasty! Hubby, me, and our 3 little ones (12 months, 2 years, and 5 years) thoroughly enjoyed them. I was looking for a carb to pair with grilled salmon and this was perfect! One thing that I think really made the dish was the grated parmesan – I normally use pre-shredded/grated parmesan to save time, but I took Stephanie’s advice and bought a hunk of cheese to grate. It really didn’t take much time at all and the flavor and texture was just amazing!!!! Thanks for another easy and yummy recipe!!!!! xoxo

    • Hi Irene!! I am sooo happy that you enjoyed this recipe and that you loved using the block of cheese, I’m obsessed with doing that, makes such a difference! I really appreciate you taking the time to come and leave a review, you are THE best! 🙂

  3. So simple but delicious. I used Fettucine and didn’t have any bouillon so I left that out. It was still a huge hit with the family!

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