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


  • 8 oz. pasta, egg noodles 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


  • Combine shredded Parmesan cheese, ½ tsp oregano, ½ tsp parsley, and ¼ tsp garlic powder in a small, sealable plastic or glass container (so you can add pasta water and shake to combine later). Set aside.
  • Boil pasta water and add pasta. Cook according to package 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. Then add the pasta.
  • Combine the reserved pasta water with the container of Parmesan cheese and seasonings. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and shake to combine. Pour it over the pasta.
  • Use kitchen tongs to toss until combined and serve with garlic bread with cheese.


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).
Add 1-2 bouillon cubes to the boiling pasta water to add even more flavor to the noodles.


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