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Garlic Butter Noodles

Easy Garlic Butter Noodles

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This garlic butter noodles recipe is fast, easy, and bursting with flavor! This crowd pleasing pasta comes together in 20 minutes.


  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced parsley (use dried in a pinch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for pasta water and to taste


  1. Start a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil until al dente (check a few minutes before the package instructions indicate). Reserve about ½ cup pasta water, then drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Toss with a little olive oil if the sauce is not yet ready.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium low heat. Add the garlic and cook 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant and garlic just starts to turn golden. Remove from the heat before garlic browns (watch carefully because it can brown quickly!). Reserve until the pasta is ready.
  3. In the skillet, toss the drained pasta, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, parsley, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and just enough pasta water until saucy (start with 2 to 3 tablespoons). Taste again and add a few more pinches of salt if desired. Enjoy warm. Leftovers store up to 3 days refrigerated; re-warm in a skillet and add a few pinches of salt if desired.
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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