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 User ID: 4138899 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 User ID: 4369472 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 User ID: 3127075 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 User ID: 7043249 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 User ID: 2783613 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 User ID: 5400585 122139
Reviewed May. 20, 2011

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

melissarb999 User ID: 4609364 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 User ID: 1321365 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 User ID: 3759908 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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