Incredibly easy to make, aromatic buttered noodles with garlic and Parmesan.
Buttered noodles with garlic
So, butter noodles 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 pasta?
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…
And the garlic and butter pasta became an instant classic in our house, both kids devoured the noodles and they keep asking me to cook them again regularly.
Just to give you a clue of how much they love these buttered noodles with garlic: this recipe made with 500 g/ 1.1 noodles is supposed to feed four adults, but last time I have made it, it was just me and the kids. I had what I consider a normal size portion and the children ate all the rest… And they are 7 and 10 years old…
Ingredients for the garlic and butter pasta
These buttered noodles with garlic are a simple pasta 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 sauce for pasta
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.
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, give them back to 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!
And here are some more pasta recipes that your children would love:
- 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
- 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.
Give the cubed butter to a small saucepan. Melt slowly, stirring often. Let it simmer for about 3 minutes.
Grate the garlic. Give the garlic 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. Give 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.
Note: Either salted or unsalted butter, adjust the salt amount you use for the garlic butter sauce accordingly.