Easy Buttered Noodles recipes

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Buttered noodles with real Parmesan cheese, parsley, and butter are an easy and delicious recipe with pantry staples you already have on hand. Great for quick lunches and no-fuss dinners!

Updated July 07, 2021

Elise Bauer

Who doesn’t love buttered noodles? The only problem I have with them is that I can easily eat them all if they’re set before me.

Ingredients You Need to Make Buttered Noodles

Noodles, butter, Parm, and parsley. That’s it, with a little salt and pepper. Serve them with chicken, pork chops, or steak. Make extra!

Elise Bauer

Watch This Easy Buttered Noodles Recipe

The Best Pasta for Buttered Noodles

This recipe calls for egg noodles, which are classic for buttered noodles. But, the beauty of buttered noodles is that you can use almost any dried, unstuffed pasta you have in your pantry, following the cooking directions on the package. Try some of these other pasta shapes.

  • Spaghetti
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Penne
  • Rigatoni
  • Orecchiette
  • Ziti
  • Farfalle

Tips for the Easy Buttered Pasta

  • Add a good amount of salt, at least a heaping teaspoon, to the water before boiling the pasta.
  • Make sure to save the pasta water. Adding the starchy water to the butter and noodles will make the simple buttery sauce thicker and silky.
  • Ensure the pasta is cooked enough by tasting it before draining to make sure it’s cooked properly.
  • Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese instead of the shelf-stable grated Parmesan in the shaker container.
  • Although the pasta will be seasoned with salt in the boiling water, it will probably need more salt before serving. If needed, don’t hesitate to add more salt to taste after adding the Parmesan cheese.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Omit the Parmesan if you don’t have it or don’t want to use it.
  • Substitute other hard cheeses for the Parmesan such as pecorino, asiago, Emmental, Gruyère, or Manchego.
  • Use 1 teaspoon of dried parsley instead of the fresh parsley.
  • Substitute fresh chives for the parsley.
  • Omit herbs altogether.

How to Store Buttered Noodles

Refrigerate leftover buttered noodles for 3 to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or add a little butter and a sprinkle of water to a pan on the stovetop over medium heat and cook until just heated through.

We don’t recommend freezing buttered noodles.

Serve Buttered Pasta With These Family-Approved Recipes

  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Ranch-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
  • Goldfish Chicken Tenders
  • Slow Cooker Honey Dijon Carrots
  • Crispy Panko Fish Sticks
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning, divided

  • 8 ounces egg noodles

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • Freshly grated pepper to taste

  1. Cook the noodles:

    Heat 2 quarts of water with 1 tablespoon kosher salt in a large pot on high heat until boiling. Add the egg noodles. Cook for 5 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid and drain the noodles.

  2. Add the butter, cheese, parsley:

    Place the drained hot noodles in a large bowl. Add the butter and Parmesan and stir until the butter has melted. Stir in a tablespoon or two of the pasta cooking water. Stir in the chopped parsley. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
143 Calories
8g Fat
15g Carbs
4g Protein

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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 143
% Daily Value*
8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
34mg 11%
1044mg 45%
15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 42mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

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