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Buttered Noodles


These Buttered Noodles are positively addicting. Cooked in chicken broth and butter with a bouillon cube and garlic powder, they soak up so much delicious, salty flavor.

Buttered Noodles in a blue bowl.

This recipe is fabulously quick and easy!

How to Make Buttered Noodles:

  1. Combine the chicken broth, water, bouillon cube and half a stick of butter in a large nonstick skillet and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the egg noodles and cook for 8 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic powder and remaining butter. Season to taste and serve!

The key to really getting flavorful noodles is to not use any water and to cook them in as little liquid as possible. So little liquid that it’s not even necessary to drain them.

Noodles in a blue serving bowl.


In order to get them to cook evenly, you need to cook them in a large nonstick pan and stir frequently because they won’t be completely submerged in liquid.

These Buttered Noodles are on the salty side which is one of the things I find so appealing about them.

If you’re worried they will be too salty, use either low-sodium broth or a low-sodium bouillon cube.

Buttered Noodles cooked in butter and chicken broth for extra flavor.


Buttered Noodles make a super inexpensive side dish that is so delicious everyone will want to eat it as a main dish.

They have plenty of flavor as is, but if you want to, sprinkle them with a little chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.

Buttered Noodles in a serving bowl.


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Buttered Noodles in a blue bowl.

Buttered Noodles

Buttered Noodles soak up lots of delicious salty flavor from cooking in chicken broth and chicken bouillon.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 8 minutes
TOTAL: 13 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 servings


  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 chicken or beef bouillon cube
  • 1 stick butter, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce) package wide egg noodles
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley


  • Combine broth, water, bouillon cube, and half the stick of butter in a large nonstick skillet.
    Bring to a boil.
  • Add noodles and cook, stirring frequently for about 8 minutes. (Note: Turn the heat down so the liquid does not boil vigorously and evaporate too quickly. Add more water if necessary.)
  • Add garlic powder and remaining butter and stir well. Remove from heat and season with pepper and sprinkle with parsley.


The finished noodles will be fairly salty. If you want them less salty, use reduced sodium broth or a reduced sodium bouillon cube.


Calories: 353kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy recipe

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Originally published February 15, 2015

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37 thoughts on “Buttered Noodles”

  1. These were very well done! I used gluten free egg noodles, chicken broth and the stick of butter. Instead of parsley, I used Italian seasoning, and then combined the noodles with frozen, lightly sauces vegetables. The result was amazing! So creamy and satisfying. Thanks again!

  2. What an easy and delicious recipe. I only used half of one chicken bouillon because I don’t like things salty and it turned out perfect for my taste. I cannot believe the final consistency of this dish, so creamy and smooth. I actually thought it was going to turn out more soupy than it did. Definitely will be adding this to my side dish rotation! Thanks for sharing!

  3. We had this as a side with a Italian pork chop dish and it was perfect.
    We sprinkled a bit of dried parsley for colour.
    I think we finally found our go to Butter noodle recipe

    Thanks for posting

  4. These were fabulous. I mostly followed the recipe EXCEPT that I was stupid and made these in a pot rather than a skillet. The only other change was that I didn’t have bouillion, but I did have instant chicken consomme, and I used a little over a teaspoon of that instead. Hubby thought they could have been more “chickeny,” and I reminded him they were buttered noodles, not chicken noodles. Will add this recipe to my arsenal. Thank you!

  5. I added some canned chicken to this recipe and an extra bouillon pack (I have sodium free packs) and it was delicious! Definitely will be making this again!

  6. This was so delicious and easy. My husband is so picky he really enjoyed these buttery noodles he beat me to the leftovers the next day.thank you.

  7. Margie Nagel

    Is anybody out there listening? My daughter wants me to make this for dinner and I only have elbow macaroni or Rotini.

  8. I just made these noodles for dinner and I have been picking at them. This is the first time I have mande noodles like this and they came out delish. I am really pleased with the dish and if theres any left before dinner I am sure the gang will love them tooo.

  9. Olivia C Cash

    Just made this recipe and fresh parsley, it was delicious!! Thanks for sharing, it was easy and quick!

  10. Made these as a side dish with Barbecued Pork. Sorry to say, but these were bland and tasteless. None of my family liked the noodles and we are pasta lovers. Maybe some additional ingredients may be required to give it a big lift, but these were not for us. Thanks for the recipe anyway as I love to try new things.

    1. Aww…really? I was gonna make them with my tilapia for dinner tomorrow. I figured they would be full of flavor because of all the ingredients it calls for. Looks like I will stick to white rice..

      1. Maybe the BBQ sauce over powered the flavors of the noodles. I am definitely giving this a try tonight with baked chicken.

      2. Needed to add extra salt and seasoning otherwise it was very bland. It did have a subtle “chicken-y ” taste , but the flavoring was not savory enough to satiate our tastebuds. I could not eat this pasta alone, Ben, without actual savory chicken bits.

  11. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    Pasta with a fair amount of salt is music to my ears! I love the simplicity and versatility of this pasta, Christine.

  12. This is so handy as a side for so many things…and great tips on how to do it right. Sounds incredibly flavorful!

  13. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I love the looks of these noodles, Christin! My brother always loved buttered noodles growing up, so this is reminding me of my childhood. Sounds like a simple and delicious dish!

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