#1 Best Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe

Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe

Intro: Homemade Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe

Garlic Butter Pasta is a simple and elegant dish. With this Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe, you don’t need a long list of ingredients to make something that tastes amazing. Enjoy this Garlic Butter Pasta on its own or as a delicious, side dish that complements a variety of our other recipes!

How to Make This Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe

Making Garlic Butter Pasta is not difficult. In fact, it’s very similar to making traditional pasta. Here are the short and simple steps to make this recipe.

  1. Cook the Pasta: Boil pasta in salted water until al-dente. We’ll reserve some of the pasta water to help thicken the garlic butter sauce later. Because of its high starch content, pasta water is an excellent way to thicken sauces!
  2. Prepare the sauce: Preparing the sauce is quite easy. Simply sauté minced garlic and melted butter to create a flavorful mixture. It is important to not overcook or burn the garlic!
  3. Combine: Once the pasta is cooked and the sauce is made, combine the pasta and sauce in a large bowl. Stir in additional pasta water if needed to thicken the sauce.

Ingredients to Make This Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe

  • Pasta: A simple spaghetti or fettuccine works well.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves, minced.
  • Butter: Unsalted, high-quality butter for the best flavor. I recommend Kerrygold – it is my favorite!
  • Parsley: Fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated for serving.

Tools to Make Garlic Butter Pasta

Our Garlic Butter Pasta recipe is designed to be quick and easy to make. You shouldn’t need any special tools to cook this dish. However, you will need the following:

  • Skillet: You will need a high quality skillet to prepare the sauce in.
  • Pasta Pot: A large pasta pot will help evenly cook the noodles when preparing this dish.
  • Colander: Drain the pasta in a colander before serving!

Stock your kitchen with all of the essential tools for this, and many other recipes! Make sure to check out our Kitchen Essentials List!

What to serve with this Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe

This dish pairs well with many of our other recipes. I recommend serving it with our Mozzarella and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe. I actually planned these dishes together to serve at a dinner! Together they make a delightful and filling meal that is easy to make, looks great, and tastes amazing!

Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe

Garlic Butter Pasta

Enjoy this Garlic Butter Pasta as a delicious, comforting side dish that complements a variety of main courses!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 300 kcal



  • Over medium-high heat, boil a pot of water and add salt. Follow package instructions to cook 8 oz fettuccine pasta until al dente. Reserve ½ cup pasta water and then drain the pasta.
  • While pasta is cooking, melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 3-4 cloves Garlic (minced) and saute until fragrant – about 1-2 minutes. Be sure not to burn the garlic.
  • Optionally, add the juice of 1 lemon

Your Notes


Serving: 1cupCalories: 300kcal
Keyword Pasta
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