Easy buttered noodles with butter, parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs are one of our favorite dishes to make. See our tricks for making them the best! Jump to the Easy Buttered Noodles Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.
How to Make the Best Buttered Noodles
Buttered noodles make me happy. They are so simple and taste so good! Eat them as your main meal or serve them on the side with baked salmon, a hearty salad or juicy pork chops.
Reading: how to make sauce for noodles
Now you might be reading this and saying to yourself, isn’t buttered noodles just cooked noodles and melted butter? Well, they could be, but when you stir noodles into a mixture of starchy pasta water, butter, and parmesan, they taste SO much better.
Remember the fettuccine alfredo recipe that we just shared? Here’s what we said:
“Instead of cream, our recipe relies on the combination of butter, parmesan cheese, and starchy pasta water. The starch in the pasta water thickens the butter and cheese into a velvety smooth sauce that coats the noodles.”
That’s true for fettuccine alfredo, and it’s true for this buttered pasta. Thanks to the combination of butter, cheese, and starchy pasta water, the noodles become lightly coated in a velvety, buttery sauce.
As for the noodles, I love using egg noodles — just like the ones we use in chicken noodle soup. That doesn’t mean you couldn’t replace them with other pasta shapes. Spaghetti, linguini or curly shapes of pasta are perfect for catching the sauce.
For another cheesy pasta recipe, try our creamy stovetop mac and cheese.
We call for parmesan cheese. It’s salty and flavorful in the sauce. If you don’t have any on hand, swap it for other tasty cheeses like sharp cheddar or Gruyere.
You could even stir in some creamy cheese like goat or mascarpone cheese to make the pasta extra creamy.
For more easy pasta recipes, take a look at these:
- This Easy Baked Spaghetti made with ground beef, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a hidden layer of creamy pesto sauce in the middle.
- Swap butter and cream for avocado and make our Easy Avocado Pasta. It gets rave reviews.
- These Easy Lasagna Roll Ups with fresh vegetables, a light tomato sauce, and cheese are a must make. Make them now or prep and freeze for later.
- Thanks to orzo and a few fresh ingredients, you can make this Easy Orzo Pasta in under 20 minutes. There’s tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and lots of garlic.