Cheesy Garlic Butter Noodles

Cheesy Garlic Butter Noodles are an easy side dish recipe for any night of the week! They come together in less than 20 minutes and make a perfect pair with your main dish. You can never beat the combo of garlic, cheese and pasta! These are soon to become a staple on your menu any night of the week.

Cheesy Garlic Butter Noodles


This little garlic butter noodle side dish was born out of lack of planning, necessity and a craving. You know those little packages of noodles by Lipton? I’m not going to lie I always have one of them in my pantry. I rarely use them, but sometimes I need a quick and easy side dish in a hurry that requires little brain power if any brain power at all.

So, one night I was totally craving some of those noodles and I went to grab the package. I dug, and dug, and dug but it wasn’t there. I was about to cry. Really it wasn’t a huge deal and we would survive without it, but once I get something into my head, I want it. Now. This was one of those times.

Then I got to thinking that garlic butter noodles really wouldn’t be that hard to make from scratch, would it? I went with “No” and then I thought making it would probably be a lot better with a whole lot fewer preservatives and weird stuff. I mean what is that powder in there?

Pretty sure these homemade Garlic Butter Noodles are better and I never need to go back to those little packets of noodles! Isn’t it fun when you do something like this in a panic and it really works out way better in the end anyways?

I’m thinking my niece would love these. She’d be happy with a bowl full of buttered noodles every night and a piece of garlic bread. The more carbs the better! Don’t ask me how she’s a size 2. I might be a little jealous of this since I’m pretty sure I skipped that size altogether!


The great thing about noodles is that you can dress them up in so many ways!

  • To add even more flavor, cook the pasta shells in chicken stock or vegetable broth instead of water.
  • Switch up the cheese! Instead of mozzarella try gruyere, asiago, provolone or fontina. They are all great melting cheeses and perfect with pasta!
  • Try different herbs to switch up the flavor. Fresh basil, thyme, rosemary or chives all work really well with noodles.


These Garlic Butter Noodles are great as they are but it’s so easy to add other ingredients to sneak in more veggies or toss in a protein to make them the main dish! Here are some ideas:

  • Cooked chicken
  • Sliced steak
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Cooked spinach
  • Chopped broccoli florets
  • Roasted cauliflower
Cheesy Garlic Butter Noodles Recipe:


  • 2 1/4 c. shell pasta
  • 2/3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  • Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix until cheese is melted.


  1. Add 1-2 Tbsp of milk to thin out the cheesy sauce if you'd like!
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