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!

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Buttered Noodles

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!

Noodles Ingredients

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.

Steps for Making Butter Noodles - butter, garlic, chicken broth, and parmesan

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.

Big Bowl of Butter Noodles with Utensils on Napkin

Why Use Pasta Water

Reserved pasta water is used in a lot of pasta dishes that have a sauce, including my Spaghetti LimoneVodka 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!

Plate of Butter Noodles

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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5 from 12 votes

Buttered Noodles

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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.

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  1. I’ve made these before but not your exact recipe. Every time I add the cheese, it clumps. No matter what I do! Why does it do that? Please help!

    1. HI Debbie!
      Here are some tips that will help the cheese incorporate better!
      Use Finely Grated Cheese: The finer the cheese is grated, the more evenly it will melt. Consider using a microplane or the smallest holes on your grater.

      Room Temperature Cheese: Allow the cheese to come to room temperature before adding it to the hot noodles. This helps it melt more quickly and evenly.

      Add Cheese Gradually: Add the cheese a little at a time, stirring constantly to ensure it melts completely before adding more.

      Toss Noodles While Hot: Make sure the noodles are hot and well-coated with butter before adding the cheese. The heat and butter will help the cheese melt smoothly.

      Use a Cheese-Melting Agent: Adding a small amount of cream or milk can help the cheese melt more smoothly. A little pasta cooking water can also help as it contains starch, which can act as an emulsifier.

      Combine with Butter First: Mix the cheese with the melted butter before adding it to the noodles. This can help create a smoother sauce.

      Avoid High Heat: Make sure the noodles are not over direct heat when you add the cheese. High heat can cause the cheese to seize up and clump.

  2. When you say Parmesan Cheese do you mean the Kraft kind in the plastic jar, or the freshly grated kind? Big difference…………

  3. 5 stars
    My mom used to make this. She’d also add extra butter, garlic, parsley & croutons that would soften in the butter

  4. So when do you cook the noodles in broth not the water .. I thought you said to get the flavor you needed the broth .. now you said to cook in salted water ..

    1. #1 “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).”

  5. Oh my gosh these Buttered Noodles are fantastic. We finally had to put them away after dinner because the kids kept eating them. I made them exactly as the recipe says and they are a wonderful blend of garlic, butter, and parmesan. You won’t regret making them as a side dish!

  6. 5 stars
    @iamhomesteader. This recipe was fabulous. Who knew noodles could taste so good. No more store bought mixes for me!

  7. 5 stars
    Trying to be more judicious in cooking dinner sends me looking for the something different and delicious! My hubby likes most everything but I am pickier. This was quick, easy and delicious!
    It truly only takes 20 minutes start to finish. While the noodles were cooking and the butter sauce melting I had time to fix a Caesar salad. I did have to make do when I didn’t have chicken broth (expired 9 months prior) and my bouillon cubes were rock hard. I thought I had Better than Bouillon chicken flavor but it was onion……so I used that in the butter sauce and my rock hard bouillon cubes in the water. Once I figured out how to wing it, it was a breeze and delicious is an understatement!! In the butter sauce I did use garlic pepper along with the onion better than bouillon! Hubby agrees it is 5 star! Time to stock up on fresh chicken………..bouillon! Next time going to add some fresh veggies!

  8. This recipe has been around as long as I can remember. So Britt‘s cooking on TikTok should not be taking credit. The Internet has gotten ridiculous

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