This Butter Parmesan Pasta is an ode to childhood when your mom would make you just plain noodles with butter and parmesan. I took this up a notch with my Homemade Italian Sausage and fresh basil so you have a meal the whole family will love!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Did your mom make you Butter Noodles as a kid? It was a common request in our house, to eat Butter Noodles – basically noodles with butter and parmesan (and of course salt in my case). It was a comfort food, if we weren't feeling too well, or if we were upset my mom would offer us Butter Noodles. Something she wouldn't normally give us as a meal – all carbs, no protein, and no veggies, haha. We had very balanced meals in my house on a daily basis. So, Butter Noodles were a delicious treat.
So now that I am an adult, I make my own version of Butter Noodles, which is just this super easy Butter Parmesan Pasta recipe. I've elevated my childhood noodles with Homemade Italian Sausage, mushrooms, onions, and spinach. This makes for a balanced meal, but still nostalgic pasta, that I can feel good about eating!
Delaney I make a some version of this regularly in our house. Sometimes we mix it up with different veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, squash, red onion, broccoli – you can use any mix of veggies you like. I've tried them all, and they are all delicious in this recipe! That makes this recipe super flexible as you can use what you have in your fridge, which is usually what I do!
Ingredients for Butter Parmesan Pasta
Organic Penne Noodles (or any noodles of your choice!)
Organic Yellow Onion
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Butter Parmesan PastaDifficulty: Easy
Learn how to make this easy Butter Parmesan Pasta recipe.
2 pounds organic Penne noodles
2 pounds organic Italian Sausage
2 tablespoons organic salted butter
1 large organic yellow onion, sliced
1 pound organic mushrooms, sliced
- For Serving
Organic salted butter
Organic fresh parmesan
Salt and pepper
- Cook the noodles per the instructions on the package, drain, and set aside. While the noodles are cooking, cook sausage and veggies.
- In a large skillet, add the sausage and cook over medium heat until it starts to cook through and lightly brown. Turn heat up to medium/high and brown and continue to cook until done. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large skillet, add the butter and onions. Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent, add the mushrooms and continue to cook until lightly browned.
- In large bowl, add the noodles, sausage, onions and mushrooms and toss completely.
- To serve: Place a bed of spinach in each bowl, add hot pasta on top, 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter, and stir. The hot pasta will cook the spinach as you stir and combine the butter.
- Grate fresh parmesan on top and salt and pepper to taste.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Gluten Free – Use gluten free pasta.
- High Altitude – Follow the recipe as noted.
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