Easy Parmesan & Butter Pasta Recipe

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This easy Parmesan & Butter Pasta Recipe is ready in about 15 minutes. It is perfectly cheesy and the ultimate comfort food.

easy Parmesan and butter pasta recipe on a white platter with black serving utensils

Simple Cheesy Butter Pasta Recipe

This pasta gets amazing flavor from a combination of fresh shredded Parmesan and Romano cheeses.

I also like to lightly sauté a little bit of chopped garlic in quality olive oil. The flavors that these bring to this butter pasta recipe are incredible.

This recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make. You’ll have a comforting pasta dish ready for dinner in the time than it takes to cook the pasta.

Who doesn’t love a quick and simple 15 minute dinner? Especially for those extra busy weeknights.

This recipe is simple enough, the little ones help me make it!

Related: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

white platter with cheesy butter pasta

What Type of Pasta is Best?

I’ve made this pasta recipe for my family many times, using different types of pasta. My favorite to use is something thick and with a bit of texture.

In this parmesan and butter pasta recipe, I used cellentani pasta. A malfada is another great option.

Can You Refrigerate this Pasta?

This pasta is one that I would recommend serving right away. As with most pastas, I don’t usually recommend serving leftovers. They tend to become over cooked and mushy.

But I also don’t believe in wasting food!

If you have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator for a few days. To reheat, the best option would be to cook on a stovetop before using a microwave.

Sure, it might take a bit longer, but it would give you the best option for reheating. And best chance of preserving flavor.

Use a small amount of olive oil in the pan to help prevent sticking.

butter pasta on platter

Simple Butter Pasta Recipe

This simple butter pasta is quick to make, but it is still very flavorful. It makes a great lunch or quick dinner option.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Mary Woita
Servings 6
Calories: 139kcal



  • Prepare your pasta according to package instructions. Don’t forget to salt the pasta water!
    While the pasta is cooking, shred the cheeses and mince the garlic.
  • When the pasta is on the last minute of cooking time, heat up the olive oil in a large skillet.
  • Add in the garlic and saute just until flavor begins to come out. About 30 seconds or less. Be careful not to burn the garlic – it will become bitter. Remove from heat.
  • Drain the pasta.
  • Stir in the butter and toss in the pasta directly to the garlic oil. Lightly toss in the cheeses. I like to incorporate the cheese lightly so that there are big chunks of it scattered throughout. It makes for big bold flavorful bites.
  • Salt & pepper to taste.

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