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Garlic Butter Noodles with Parmesan

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 Incredibly easy to make, aromatic garlic butter noodles with Parmesan.

Buttered noodles with garlic and Parmesan

bowl with garlic parmesan pasta

These garlic butter noodles are incredible. If you never had them, you should make them as soon as possible. Today, actually, they are that good!

So, a buttered noodles and Parmesan recipe was not something I have ever eaten or even consider making not long ago. I don’t know why it had never occurred to me that you could make such a simple dish, I mean, rice with butter are quite a regular children meal, so why not butter noodles?

It all changed not long ago. I saw a picture somewhere online (Pinterest, I suppose) and my mouth started watering immediately. It took me less than a week to actually get to cooking these buttered noodles with garlic, which is saying a lot considering how long my cooking list is…

This Parmesan noodles became an instant classic in our house, both kids devoured everything and they keep asking me to cook them again regularly.

pasta on a fork close up


  • 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.
dry pasta, parsley, cheese and garlic

How to make?

  • 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, stir often and give it 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.
cooking grated garlic in butter
  • 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 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.
  • 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!
butter and garlic noodles

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garlic buttered noodles with parmesan
bowl with garlic parmesan pasta

Garlic Butter Noodles with Parmesan

Incredibly easy to make, aromatic garlic butter noodles with Parmesan.
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Course: Pasta and Rice
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Adina


  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs pasta tagliatelle, spaghetti, linguine, etc
  • 85 g/ 3 oz/ 1/3 cup + 1 teaspoon butter See note
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes more or less to taste
  • 115 g/ 4 oz/ ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • some chopped parsley


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and the pasta. Cook according to the packet’s instructions.
  • While the pasta cooks make the garlic butter sauce.
  • 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.
  • 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 used 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.
  • 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.


Either salted or unsalted butter, adjust the salt amount you use for the garlic butter sauce accordingly.


Serving: 1/4 of the dish | Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 922mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 26th of March 2019

I followed the directions with exact measurements and it was to dry for my taste. I added some chicken stock and heavy cream. This came out creamier. Next time I will try half and half to make it a little lighter.


Tuesday 5th of February 2019

You're killing me tonight Adina! I've missed so many good recipes and this one has me hungry all over again. Simple pasta dish with lots and lots of flavor - the best kind!


Saturday 26th of January 2019

This recipe looks delicious! It seems like there so much flavor in these noodles haha I can't wait to give this a try, thank you


Monday 28th of January 2019

Thank you, Bryan.

Karen (Back Road Journal)

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

Sometimes the simplest of dishes like this are forgotten about. I like to serve these noodles as a side with chicken marsala.


Saturday 19th of January 2019

Happy New Year, Adina! Thank you for reminding me how much I love simple Italian pasta dishes.... This delicious-looking butter pasta reminds me of many of them.