how to make a simple butter sauce for pasta | Family Cuisine

Making a simple butter sauce for pasta is easy and quick. It's also versatile, so you can use it on any type of pasta dish.
how to make a simple butter sauce for pasta | Family Cuisine

Garlic butter sauce is a super simple sauce that can be used for many things like pasta, steak and seafood.

If you enjoy easy, quick dishes be sure to check out these buttered noodles and this green pasta sauce.

Bowl of pasta

This garlic butter sauce recipe can be used for a variety of different dishes. Today I am using it to toss with pasta for a simple side.

Why this recipe works

  • The sauce is 2 basic ingredients that add lots of flavor to many dishes.
  • Served on pasta makes a quick and easy side dish or even main meal.
  • Also makes a great dipping sauce for things like bread sticks, mozzarella sticks and pizza rolls.

Ingredients needed

Butter – Use unsalted butter so that you can control the sodium. Each brand adds different levels of salt so using unsalted lets you season to your taste.

Garlic – You will need 6 cloves of garlic, minced small. You can use a knife, microplane or garlic press.

Salt and Pepper – Add a little seasoning to the sauce.

If using this garlic butter sauce for pasta, you will also need about one box of your favorite pasta shape like spaghetti or fettuccine.

How to make garlic butter sauce

Scroll to the bottom for full printable recipe, ingredients and video.

  1. Pasta: Begin by cooking your pasta according to box directions.
  2. Sauce: Place butter in a large saucepan or skillet and melt over medium heat. Add in minced garlic and stir until the garlic becomes fragrant. This takes about 30-45 seconds. Turn off heat and add salt and pepper.
  3. Serve: Pour sauce over pasta or whatever dish you are serving it with like steak or seafood.
  4. Optional garnish: Optional sprinkle with grated Parmesan and parsley.

butter, garlic, salt and pepper

How to thicken garlic butter sauce

To thicken this sauce, whisk together 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1/2 tablespoon of cold water. Turn the heat down to low and whisk the cornstarch mixture in with the melted butter and garlic. Keep whisking until it thickens, about 5 minutes.

How to store

Store: This sauce and pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Reheat: Since it is made out of butter is will solidify, just add back into a small saucepan to reheat. It can also be warmed in the microwave.

Freeze: This sauce does not freeze well. It’s very quick and easy to make so I would recommend making it fresh.

Recipe tips and variations

  • It’s important not to burn the butter or the garlic. Make sure to cook over medium heat or even medium-low. Once the garlic is added to the skillet, constantly stir so that it doesn’t burn.
  • For a small variation, add about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the sauce once it’s finished cooking. This is great for seafood like lobster or shrimp.
  • If you like a little extra spice, add 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
  • How much butter is in a stick? Find out all about butter conversion and get a free printable measurement chart.

Pasta in tongs

What to serve with garlic butter sauce?

I love serving this sauce over pasta. It is a great way to give plain pasta a little flavor without having to use a marinara or alfredo sauce. A few of our favorite things to pair it with are:

  • Air fryer chicken legs
  • Air fryer chicken thighs
  • Rotisserie chicken

This garlic butter sauce recipe can also be used for things like vegetables, steak bites, roasted potatoes, shrimp, french fries and bread.

More pasta recipes

  • Baked Mostaccioli – Pasta, sausage and cheese baked together for a comfort food meal.
  • Baked Ravioli – Super easy dinner using frozen or fresh ravioli.
  • Chicken Lasagna – A different twist on classic lasagna.

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