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Buttered noodles in a stainless steel pot, with extra grated parmesan.
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Buttered Noodles

This recipe for Buttered Noodles is so simple to make, and the perfect side dish for any meal. Make this family-friendly pasta dish with a silky butter sauce tonight.
Author Diana
Servings 4 servings
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 ounces (225g) dried noodles/pasta
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional ingredients

  • Grated parmesan
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Fresh chopped parsley


  • In a saucepan, over medium heat bring water to a boil (about 6 cups). When the water boils, add 1 teaspoon of salt and the noodles. Then cook to al dente according to the package instructions (usually 9-13 minutes depends on the type of pasta and its shape).
  • Reserve ¼ cup of pasta water, then remove from heat and drain the rest of the water. Leave the cooked noodles in the saucepan.
  • Add the butter, season with salt and pepper and add the reserved pasta water. Toss with tongs or just stir with a spatula until well combined. The stirring will melt the butter and emulsify the sauce. Add grated parmesan and garlic if desired, and toss again. Serve as a side dish with chicken, fish, or meat.


  • Portion: The recommended pasta portion is 2 oz or ½ cup per person.
  • Use any type of noodles: Egg Noodles, short pasta, long pasta, they will all work in this recipe. You can even use gluten free noodles or whole wheat noodles.
  • Parmesan is salty: If you plan to add parmesan cheese, reduce the amount of salt that you add in step 3. You can always add more salt, you can’t take it away. 
  • Don’t forget the pasta water! It’s important to pull out a small amount of pasta water before pouring it down the drain. We need it to make the silky, buttery sauce for our noodles. 


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg