Garlic-Buttered Pasta Recipe
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Garlic-Buttered Pasta Recipe

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This pasta goes nicely with any entree. Guests always leave a spot for it on their plates. It's great hot or served cold with fresh herbs from my garden.—Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked small pasta shells, alphabet pasta or ring macaroni
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 400 calories, 25g fat (15g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 477mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein .


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter. Remove from the heat. Drain pasta; add to garlic butter. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Garlic-Buttered Pasta in Country Woman November/December 2002, p39

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MargRN 219028
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"After making this and seeing how much butter was just laying in the bottom of the bowl, I boiled another 2 cups of pasta, added more cheese, etc - everything but the butter - and added it to the mix. There was STILL a lot of butter in the bottom! The taste was great, but it needed to be drained. Reheating the next day tasted like it was fried. If I make this again, I'll use much less butter!"

2princesses2luv 65845
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"Really quick & yummy. I also used dried parsley since I didn't have any fresh on hand. Next time I would cut down on the butter. It was just a bit too much buttery for our taste."

lacyrp 119701
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"I made this with 1/2 lb. linguine. It was awesome! The only thing I would do different is mix in the parsley, salt and pepper before mixing in the Parmesan to keep it from clumping up."

elvis2332 60422
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"Yummy!! I did things a little differently though. I marinated shrimp and chicken in butter, lemon, parsley, garlic, and salt & pepper for about 4 hours. I then sauteed the marinated chicken and added the shrimp when the chicken was about half-way cooked. Once it was cooked, I added the noodles, rest of the butter, spice, and cheese (double the cheese). This was an amazing dish, I thought I was in a restaurant!"

041563 60417
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"Fabulous side dish...I didn't have fresh parsley on hand so I just used the parsley from spice cabinet and my family loved it!!! Also substituted the shells for bowties...this will def be a reciepe that is used and reused in my kitchen!!!!!!!"

Mrs. Cowan 122139
Reviewed May. 20, 2011

"Wonderful side dish! Quick and easy to prepare. Love the butter and garlic!"

melissarb999 41159
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"So yummy! Left out the salt and fresh parsley, added ground flax seed, garlic powder, dried chopped onion, dried basil and parsley I think. Really good!"

gonellya2 119667
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"Double the garlic triple the cheese soooo soooo good!!! Made this about ten times now, no regrets. Everyone loved it."

mo3702 65756
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009

"This was a quick and simple side dish that my whole family enjoy.I just loved it so much."

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