Easy One Pan Buttered Noodles

One Pan Buttered Noodles is a fast and easy side dish, and it’s totally cozy comfort food. It cooks all in one pan, and creates a luscious, buttery sauce as it simmers.

buttered noodles with parsley, wooden spoon

When you need a simple side dish to serve with your favorite Baked Pork Chops, Baked Salmon or chicken recipe, buttered noodles is the perfect choice! With just a few minutes of prep and less than 15 minutes of cooking time, this recipe is fast, easy and so delicious.

The Best Buttered Noodles Recipe

The first time I tested this recipe was a late night movie night with my husband. He declared it the best buttered noodles recipe ever, if not the best recipe ever! I had added parmesan cheese to the finished dish and we scarfed it down. Truth be told, I’d happily munch on pasta over popcorn any day!

The second time I tested it, I made it as a side dish for my grilled chicken. I doubled the recipe and ended up with a little liquid left in the pan, so the third time I adjusted the liquid and it was perfect (see recipe notes below).

The best part is that it all cooks in one pan – no draining required! As the pasta boils it releases starches that thicken the liquid to form the sauce. These buttered noodles are creamy, buttery and so rich and luscious. Perfect as a simple side dish or a late night indulgence.

How to Make One Pan Buttered Noodles

  1. Heat some water, chicken broth and butter in a large pot on the stove.
  2. Add the noodles. I vacillate between egg noodles and spaghetti noodles, but you could use linguine or rotini, too. The cooking time may vary for each different kind of pasta.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to about a medium-low, and keep stirring the noodles for about 10-12 minutes until they’re fully cooked. Occasionally I’ll have a little liquid left in the pan and I just spoon it out. If you plan to add cheese, you definitely do need a little bit of liquid left.
  4. Add more butter and toss it all together so all of the noodles are covered with the luscious, buttery sauce.

collage of 3 images showing the steps for making one pan buttered noodles

Are Buttered Noodles Healthy?

The main ingredients in this recipe are butter and noodles . While this is not a low calorie side dish, you can make them better for you by using whole wheat noodles and reducing the amount of butter.

Recipes Notes and Tips

  • Doubling the buttered noodles recipe: This recipe is really easy to double. You need to have a pan that’s large enough (I love Calphalon’s Everyday Pan; it’s 12 inches around and about 3 inches deep). You won’t quite need double the amount of liquid, so if there’s extra left in the pan just ladle it out.
  • Leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove. Freezing is not recommend – this dish is best fresh.
  • Parmesan buttered noodles: stir in ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan at the end.
  • Garlic buttered noodles: Add 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced, to the boiling water and cook with the pasta.

gray plate, egg noodles with parmesan cheese, gray napkin, forks

Serve Buttered Noodles With:

Noodles are total comfort food and they pretty much go with anything. Some of our favorite entrees to serve with buttered noodles:

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders or Baked Chicken Nuggets – What goes better with a comfort food side dish than the ultimate childhood comfort food? Add a garden salad or some Oven Roasted Broccoli and dinner is done!

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One Pan Buttered Noodles

One Pan Buttered Noodles is a fast and easy side dish. As the pasta simmers it creates a rich and luscious sauce - no draining required!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 355kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup butter 1 stick, divided
  • 12 ounces egg noodles or spaghetti/linguine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh minced parsley

Instructions
 

  • In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, bring water, broth and half of the butter to a boil. Add noodles and stir frequently with tongs or a wooden spoon for about 12-14 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and pasta is cooked.
  • The remaining liquid will be thick to create the sauce. Add the rest of the butter to the pan, turn off the heat, and stir to coat.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Garnish with fresh minced parsley.

Notes

Parmesan buttered noodles: stir in ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan at the end.
Garlic buttered noodles: Add 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced, to the boiling water and cook with the pasta.
For a lower calorie dish, reduce the butter by half.
To double the recipe: double the amount of noodles and butter, but only add about 50% more liquid. You can double that too, but you might be ladeling some out once the noodles are cooked. 

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 8gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 294mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 508IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. This recipe is great! I usually add sauteed carrots, onion, celery and garlic, dried thyme and parley right into the cooking broth (sometimes bone broth!)