It’s pasta time!
How often have you gone out to the restaurant with kids tagging along, and they only want one thing every time? You may be in a restaurant in New York, Italy, or France with hundreds of items to choose from on the menu. Yet, when asked what they want to order, you hear, “I just want noodles! Can I have butter noodles?”
What Are Butter Noodles?
So, what are butter noodles? These are no-fuss, easy-to-make dishes for kids (and kids at heart) who love pasta and a perfect recipe for picky eaters for sure!
How do you make butter noodles? Well, this comforting dish of our childhood is perfectly simple to make. It only needs a few basic ingredients and will be ready for eating in under 30 minutes. This is the perfect go-to dish for those nights when you need something fast and don’t have the time and energy to cook.
In making butter noodles, you may use any pasta you like. If you don’t have egg noodles, you can opt for macaroni or pappardelle or whatever pasta you have in your pantry.
Want it to have a more personal touch? You can always make your own pasta from scratch if you got plenty of time. For starters, here’s how to make butter noodles.
First, prepare the following ingredients:
- 12 ounces of egg noodle
- 3 tbsp. of butter (unsalted)
- ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
- Four cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
- salt and pepper to taste
If you’re wondering how much butter I use for buttered noodles, I usually go by the rule one is to four. So that means three tablespoons for 12 ounces of noodles or four tablespoons for 16 ounces.
With all the ingredients at hand, you are now ready to go. Just follow these few easy steps on how to cook butter noodles.
- Bring water to a boil in medium to high heat on a large pot.
- Then, add about ½ tablespoons to 1 tablespoon of salt.
- Add the egg noodles to the boiling water.
- Follow the recommended boil time on the package directions for the egg noodles. That should take about 7-9 minutes until the pasta is al dente.
- Give it a stir. Use tongs to make sure the noodles don’t stick to each other. A good pair of kitchen tongs are an essential tool. We use kitchen tongs for cooking and serving pasta.
- Let the noodles come back to a boil until cooked.
- Once done, turn off the heat. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining the rest of the water into the sink. Careful, it’s hot!
- Place the butter on a pan on the stovetop with medium heat and let it melt. Wondering how to make garlic butter noodles? When the butter turns a little brown, add four garlic cloves for that oomph of garlicky flavor.
- Then, add the drained noodles.
- Add a cup of pasta water into the mix.
- Add the grated parmesan cheese. Don’t have parmesan? Any hard, aged cheeses like Gorgonzola, Pecorino Romano, or Asiago will do. If you prefer softer cheeses like mozzarella or cheddar, add them right away while the noodles are still hot so they can melt smoothly.
- Add salt to taste. Remember, the pasta water and the cheese are already salty, so that’s a thing to consider.
- Give it a good mix, then add some grated black pepper to your preference.
- Toss in the freshly chopped parsley for some greens.
- Mix them all and season to taste.
How To Make Butter Noodles with Spaghetti Noodles
Would you prefer to make butter noodles with spaghetti noodles? Just follow the same procedure and replace the egg noodles with spaghetti.
You may also add a spoon of crushed pepper flakes and a half teaspoon of anchovy paste if you like. Fret not! The anchovy paste will not make it fishy but add another flavor to the mix.
Voila! Your butter noodles are now ready to be served.
Butter Ramen Noodles
Though traditionally used in soup, ramen noodles can be deliciously cooked in other ways. As any pasta can be made into butter noodles, good old ramen noodles are not an exception.
When I went to Korea a few years ago, I got my first taste of stir-fried garlic ramen butter noodles. My friend made me a bowl with basil, shredded zucchini, and a splash of soy sauce. Pretty simple, right? Was it delicious? Absolutely!
It’s a recipe you’ll want to make again and again on busy, rainy Monday nights when you need comfort and enjoys it in a bowl of butter noodles.
Curious about how it’s done? Read on to know how to fry ramen noodles with butter for that perfect weekend noodle dinner that’s ready in 15 minutes with this quick recipe rundown!
- Boil the noodles in hot water for 1-2 minutes until the noodles start to soften and come apart. We want our noodles to be slightly al dente.
- Melt the butter on a pan.
- Add garlic and let it get golden and caramelized. Hmmm…I can already smell garlic butter!
- Toss in the ramen noodles on the pan. You may add some fresh ginger and shredded zucchini for an added layer of flavor.
- You may add a splash of soy sauce and basil to your preference.
- Lastly, serve the fried ramen noodles with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and soft boiled or fried egg.