Incredibly easy to make, aromatic garlic butter noodles with Parmesan.
Buttered noodles with garlic and Parmesan
These garlic butter noodles are incredible. If you have never had them, you should make them as soon as possible. Today, actually, they are that good!
These Parmesan noodles became an instant classic in our house, both kids devoured everything, and they keep asking me to cook them again regularly.
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- These butter garlic noodles are a simple dish using basic and cheap ingredients.
- You can use any sort of noodles you like: spaghetti, linguine, tagliatelle, shorter noodles...
- Otherwise, what you need is good-quality butter, lots of garlic, and some Parmesan.
- You can use either salted or unsalted butter. If you use salted butter, adjust the taste accordingly at the end of the cooking process.
- I always recommend using freshly grated Parmesan; I cannot stand the already grated sort, which is full of preservatives and tastes nothing like real Parmesan.
- If you want to make this garlic butter sauce for pasta vegetarian, choose a vegetarian hard cheese instead.
How to make garlic butter noodles?
- Start by cooking the pasta.
- While the pasta cooks, make the sauce.
- Press or grate the garlic cloves.
- Slowly melt the butter in a smaller saucepan, stirring often, about 3 minutes.
- Add the grated garlic cloves and stir for about 2 minutes until they are golden. It is very important to stand by the pan during this time and keep stirring; the garlic should only get golden and not too brown. If it gets too much color, it will get rather bitter.
- Add the salt, pepper, and some chili flakes to taste; the garlic butter sauce for pasta should get slightly frothy by now. Remove from the heat.
- Drain the noodles, place them back in the pot, and mix them with the garlic butter sauce immediately.
- Add the freshly grated Parmesan, sprinkle with some parsley (if desired), and serve immediately with a green salad.
- Adding the cheese: Don't be tempted to add the Parmesan directly to the butter sauce. I did that once, and all the cheese clumped into a ball. I had to throw it all away and start again... Annoying!
- Use quality ingredients: Since this recipe relies on just a few key ingredients, it's important that they are high-quality. Use fresh garlic, real butter, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the best flavor.
- Careful with the garlic: When cooking it in butter, make sure to keep the heat on medium and stir frequently. This will prevent it from burning and turning bitter. You want the garlic to become fragrant and lightly golden.
Yes, any type of pasta you prefer, such as fettuccine, linguine, or even penne. Just adjust the cooking time according to the package instructions for your chosen pasta.
No. It contains parmesan made with animal rennet. For a vegetarian dish, use vegetarian hard cheese instead.
Refrigerate in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Reheat on the stovetop or microwave.
Freezing is not recommended.
What to serve with buttered noodles?
Garlic Butter Noodles with Parmesan
- 1 lb pasta tagliatelle, spaghetti, linguine, 450 g
- 3 oz butter 90 g, Note
- 6 garlic cloves
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes more or less to taste
- ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan 115 g
- 1 teaspoon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- some chopped parsley
- Cook pasta: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and the pasta. Cook according to the packet's instructions.
- Make sauce: While the pasta cooks, make the garlic butter sauce.
- Melt butter: Place the cubed butter in a small saucepan. Melt slowly, stirring often. Let it simmer for about 3 minutes.
- In the meantime, grate the Parmesan.
- Cook garlic: Grate the garlic. Add it to the butter and let cook for about 2 minutes while stirring very often. The garlic should get golden. Keep an eye on it; it should not get too dark.
- Add the salt. Start with 1 teaspoon and add more after mixing the noodles with the butter sauce. You will probably need some more if you use unsalted butter.
- Add pepper and some chili flakes to taste.
- Stir well, the butter should start to get a little frothy and rather brown by now. Remove from the heat.
- Combine: Drain the noodles and mix them immediately with the garlic butter sauce.
- Add the grated Parmesan to the noodles as well.
- Adjust the taste with more salt and pepper, if necessary.
- Sprinkle with some chopped parsley, if desired, and serve immediately with a green salad.