Easy Butter Cheese Pasta

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This 20-minute Easy Butter Cheese Pasta is an instant crowd-pleaser for all ages. Requiring only 4 main ingredients, pasta is cooked in a simple garlic butter sauce, before tossed in grated parmesa:


PREP TIME: 5minutes 
COOK TIME: 15minutes 
TOTAL TIME: 20minutes 
COURSEMain: Course

  • 1/2 lb spaghetti pasta or your choice of pasta
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp garlic minced (see notes)
  • salt


Boil pasta in salted water per package instructions and reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water (see notes).

Melt butter over medium low heat and once the butter melts, add minced garlic. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes or until before it turns brown then add pasta water, pasta and grated parmesan cheese.

With tongs, toss until every strand of pasta is well coated. Taste and add salt if needed.

Serve and garnish with parsley, grated parmesan and chili oil (optional). Enjoy!


Add as much or as little garlic as you want.
*You want to make sure to cook over low to medium low heat so the garlic flavor infuses the melted butter and to prevent burning.
*Adjust amount of salt to taste.
*Chili oil is optional but I always like to add a bit of heat to my dishes. You can also add chili flakes instead.
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