creamy Garlic Butter Noodles in a bowl

There is just something that is oh-so-satisfying about a bowl of buttered noodles. Add some garlic, lemon juice, and parsley and you have one of the easiest and most flavorful noodle dishes that you could ever imagine. This recipe was curated by chef Kristen Carli, and when asked why this dish has a sweet spot in her heart, her answer was simple. "I love garlic butter! Is there anything better in this world?" We hear you, Kristen!

As the current recipe stands, there’s just pasta and garnishes, which are absolutely efficient enough for a meal. However, if you’d like to add some protein to your pasta for a pre-workout meal or something of the sort, Carli says that it pairs well with both salmon and shrimp. "If you are a vegetarian, it would be really good paired with steamed green beans and chickpeas." Is your mouth watering yet?

Keep scrolling to find out how to make what’s sure to be your new go-to pasta dish. It’s a crowd-pleaser for kids and adults alike, and from start to finish, it only takes about 20 minutes. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Prep the ingredients

creamy garlic butter noodles ingredients

Make sure you have all the ingredients needed before you begin cooking. You’ll need some spaghetti noodles for your carb base, but Carli shares that you can sub any other type of noodle that you’d like. You’ll also need some unsalted butter, minced garlic (you can mince it yourself or buy the pre-minced jarred version). Lemon juice is another must-have item that you will need to have out, and last but certainly not least, a bunch of fresh parsley. Because let’s be honest, what’s a pasta dish without a beautiful garnish?

Boil the pasta

boiling water for creamy garlic butter noodles

Open your box or bag of pasta. Then, grab a large pot and add water. Turn up the heat on the stove and bring the water to a boil before you add the noodles. Carli says it’s important to boil the water prior to adding the pasta because "this way, the noodles will cook quickly." Cook the pasta until it’s al dente. According to Rachael Ray, al dente pasta should be "firm to the bite." Alternatively, you can toss a strand of spaghetti against a wall and see if it sticks. Why not?

Cube the butter and mix

butter on cutting board

Take the pasta off of the stove when it’s finished cooking. While you’re waiting for it to cool off a bit, cube your butter into smaller pieces. This ensures that it will not only melt more quickly, but it will also be more evenly distributed throughout your dish. You’ll definitely want a generous coat of butter on every bite. The next step is also as easy as 1-2-3 and you’re getting close to the main event! Keep scrolling for more!

Throw everything together

butter, garlic, and pasta

Drain the pasta but be sure to keep a 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set it aside because you’ll need it in just a second. In a large bowl, mix the drained pasta, cubed butter, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Grab that pasta water that you set aside and throw it in the mix as well. Toss it all to combine. The heat from the noodles should melt the butter and everything should be coated with loads of flavor.

Add the parsley and enjoy

creamy garlic butter noodles in bowl

Okay, this is the last step and then you can finally kick back, relax, and enjoy a big ol’ bowl of noodles. After mixing everything else together, you want to add your chopped parsley on top. Go ahead and give it another good toss to combine everything together. If you choose, you can add your protein or your veggies (or both) to the top. Plate the noodles and enjoy this filling main course!

  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  1. Boil the noodles in a large pot of boiling water until pasta is al dente. Drain but reserve ½ cup of pasta water.
  2. Cube the butter.
  3. In a large bowl, add the cooked noodles, cubed butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, and reserved pasta water. Toss to combine and allow the heat from the noodles to melt butter.
  4. Add the parsley.
  5. Toss to combine, serve in bowls, and enjoy!