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Overhead image of whole wheat pasta with spinach and Parmesan served in white bowls with wine and parmesan off to the side

Browned Butter Garlic Noodles

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


An easy, and flavorful, pasta side dish that comes together quickly! Make it a meal by adding grilled chicken, roasted salmon or grilled veggies.


  • Salt
  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley


Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Season boiling water with 2 tablespoons salt, add pasta and cook 2 minutes less than package directions recommend.

Meanwhile, cook butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat, gently swirling, until butter is golden brown and nutty, 3–5 minutes. Off heat, stir in garlic and pepper and set aside.

Drain pasta, reserving 1½ cups cooking liquid. Add pasta, cheese, and ¼ cup reserved cooking liquid to pan with butter set over medium-low heat. Toss pasta to combine until cheese is melted, adding reserved water by ¼ until you reach desired consistency.

Add a quarter of the spinach and toss to combine, continue adding spinach in batches until combined; add parsley and toss to combine. Season with salt to taste and finish with additional cooking liquid as needed.

Serve with grated Parmesan.


Store pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top. Add additional butter or olive oil to loosen the sauce as needed.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 374
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 285mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 64g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg

Keywords: Garlic Butter Noodles, garlic butter noodles with spinach, buttered noodles, garlic noodles

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