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Simple Buttered Noodles

Need a simple dinner side dish? Buttered noodles are the answer. Top them with cheese, garlic, fresh herbs or just indulge in the simplicity of a little butter and salt. They go with just about everything!

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a bowl of buttered noodles with spoon on a wooden table

Side dishes feel like a pain sometimes, don’t they? There often isn’t time to make a single main dish, let alone all of the accompaniments to go along with it. I understand that.

But buttered noodles are one of those things you can keep in your back pocket of super fast side dishes to round out just about any meal–and the great part is how versatile they can be.

How to dress up buttered noodles

Add variety to your dinner with these variations:

  • Toast bread crumbs in butter with a bit of Italian seasoning and garlic. Toss with hot pasta before serving.
  • Add extra herbs that compliment the meal like dill or fresh basil.
  • Toss in any cheese you like. Parmesan would add a nice sharpness (please don’t use the powdered stuff on the shelf) or Mozzarella for an ultra-melty final result.
  • Craving heat? Red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne would give you plenty!

Try these recipes for parmesan buttered, buttered noodles with brats, or maybe my favorite–browned butter noodles. Goodness gracious.

a bowl of buttered egg noodles

How to reheat buttered noodles

I find that they reheat pretty well in the microwave. You wouldn’t want to try to make them way in advance and keep them warm for hours and hours–they are so fast to make, I’d honestly recommend just whipping them up right before you eat if you can.

But if you do want to store them for later, cook them, butter and season them the allow them to cool. Cover and place in the fridge. They’ll be okay for 2 or 3 days. Just heat them uncovered in the microwave in 30 second bursts until heated.

What to serve with noodles

This is an easy one! I always pair roasted vegetables and meats or fish with ours. Avoid serving other starches like rice or potatoes. Try my baked salmon patties , roasted radishes, or homemade meatloaf, they’ll get you started to an amazing dinner!

a bowl of buttered noodles with spoon on a wooden table

Simple Buttered Noodles

Buttered noodles are a simple side dish you can flavor with parmesan, lemon or your family's favorite flavors.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 8 cups water add a big pinch of salt (see note 1)
  • 3 cups egg noodles
  • 3 tablespoons butter I use salted, but unsalted will also work
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt divided


  • Add the water to a 3-quart pot and add a large pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, and add the egg noodles. Cook according to the package directions. Drain.
  • Add the butter, parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir well and give it a taste.
  • Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt if needed.
  • You can also add parmesan cheese, lemon juice, or sautéed vegetables that your family likes.
  • Makes 6, 1/2-cup servings.


Note 1: A “big pinch” of salt should be added to the water to help enhance the flavor of the noodles from the inside out. A big pinch is about a teaspoon or so for me. Just remember to add extra salt at the end carefully–taste the noodles unsalted before adding any more. 


Calories: 124kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 265mgPotassium: 54mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 300IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.5mg
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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