I have never been a fan of buttered noodles, maybe it is because I found them a little boring, they don’t have enough flavor for me. On the other hand Mike loves butter noodles, in fact he just loves noodles, it doesn’t matter if they have butter, sauce, or they’re just plain.
I was looking through my Joy of Cooking cookbook at all of the noodle recipes and ways to dress them up, so that got me thinking that this may be a way that I could enjoy some buttered noodles. Plus the fact that we have basil growing in the garden and I have been waiting for a chance to use it.
I have to admit that I actually enjoyed buttered noodles this time around, with the additional flavors. I did add onion and garlic along with the butter and basil. I think I will be serving buttered noodles more often.
Better Buttered Noodles (Source: adapted from Joy Of Cooking 75th Anniversary)
8 ounces of noodles (I used Rigatoni, but you can use your favorite)
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 clove minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
Salt to taste (for cooking the noodles)
1.Cook noodles according the directions on the box.
2. While the pasta is cooking melt butter in a medium skillet.
3. Add the onion, garlic, and basil and cook over medium heat until the onions and garlic are tender.
4. Once the noodles are cooked drain throughly.
5 Place noodles in the skillet and toss with the butter and vegetables and basil.