Buttered Noodles are pasta noodles cooked al dente in broth and then tossed with melted butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Make your own homemade egg noodles to use in this dish!
Buttered noodles are such an easy and flavorful dish to make when you need a side dish or a light meal. The noodles pair well with main dishes like meatloaf, Swedish Meatballs, or chicken or beef stroganoff. Add a vegetable like Brussels sprouts or asparagus to round out the meals. But, you don’t need a main dish to enjoy the noodles; they are simply delicious on their own!
Pasta: I used mafaldine pasta in this recipe. You could use whatever pasta you have on hand, or make your own shaped pasta noodles to use.
Chicken Bouillon: You will use chicken bouillon powder when boiling the noodles and in the garlic butter sauce. You could also crush bouillon cubes to use. Each cube, crushed, is about one teaspoon.
Butter Sauce: For the sauce, use a stick of salted butter, more bouillon powder, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Be sure to have a little extra parmesan cheese to add to the top of the plate of noodles when serving.
Parmesan Cheese: For best results when melted into the noodles, I like to use freshly grated parmesan cheese. However, you could use what you have on hand.
Preparing the Noodles
In buttered noodles, the pasta is boiled in broth. To get the noodles made, first, fill a pot halfway with water and add salt to the water. Bring the salted water to a boil. After the water is boiling, add the bouillon powder and noodles. Cook noodles until al dente, according to the package instructions.
Once the noodles have been cooked, reserve about a cup of pasta water. I will explain more about that later. Drain the rest of the water and set the noodles aside as you make the garlic butter sauce.
How to Make Buttered Noodles
With the noodles cooked, it’s time to get the butter sauce made. So, in the same pot you cooked the noodles, melt a stick of butter with chicken bouillon powder. Mix the two ingredients together. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute. Then, add about a half cup of reserved pasta water to the pot, stirring to combine.
Finally, add the cooked noodles and parmesan cheese to the pot and toss to combine. At this point, you could add more reserved pasta water to get your desired consistency of the noodles. Serve the buttered noodles topped with more parmesan cheese and parsley.
Why Use Pasta Water
Reserved pasta water is used in a lot of pasta dishes that have a sauce, including my Spaghetti Limone, Vodka Sauce recipe, and Copycat Carbone’s Spicy Pasta, just to name a few. Pasta water adds a salty flavor to the dish, as well as helps thicken the sauce and evenly coat each and every noodle. And, in a recipe like this, you want to enjoy the buttery flavor in every bite!
Can I Make Buttered Noodles without Parmesan Cheese?
Sure! If you don’t have any parmesan cheese on hand, or simply don’t want to add any, you can leave it out of the recipe. You will still get buttery, flavorful noodles!
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Buttered Noodles are pasta noodles cooked al dente in broth and then tossed with melted butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese.
- 16 ounces mafaldine noodles, or pasta noodles you have on hand
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
Garlic Butter Sauce
- ½ cup (1 stick, 113g) salted butter
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- ¼ cup (25g) parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish (optional)
- parsley for garnish
- salt and pepper, to taste
Fill a large pot halfway with water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Add bouillon powder and malfaldine noodles and cook until al dente (about 8 minutes).
Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain the rest. Set noodles aside while you prepare the garlic butter sauce.
In the same pot you used to make the noodles, melt the butter and chicken bouillon powder. Stir to mix together. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
Add ½ cup of reserved pasta water and stir to combine.
Add noodles and parmesan to the pot and toss to combine. Add more pasta water, a little at a time, if needed, until the buttered noodles reach your desired consistency.
Top with parsley and additional parmesan cheese. Serve warm.
This recipe was inspired by @britscooking on TikTok.