|Egg noodles, seasoned simply, tossed with butter, Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.|
Cheesy NoodlesGrowing up, I'm guessing that your mom, like mine, had a few, very simple, go-to side dishes that made it to the table. Buttered egg noodles or chunks of boiled potatoes or corn, usually from frozen at my house, seasoned simply with salt and pepper, tossed with butter and often, a bit of parsley were pretty common for us.
Add some cheese to those egg noodles, oven roasted potatoes when the weather isn't too hot, dressed up canned southern peas and my quick fix green beans to the repertoire, and you've got my most common, easy fix, side dishes today.
It's a very satisfying and simple side dish, that goes well with just about anything, and will certainly bump up any basic grilled meat, though maybe you've forgotten about it. Here's how to make it.
Prepare noodles according to package directions, drain and toss with olive oil. I like to toss most pasta with just a little olive oil, both for flavor and to help prevent the noodles from clumping together.
Add butter and stir until blended in.
Toss, taste, add salt and pepper as you like and serve immediately.
How easy is that?
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Recipe: Cheesy Noodles©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 5 min |Cook time: 10 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings
- 12 ounce package egg noodles
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 3/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper, as needed, to taste
Prepare noodles according to package directions; drain and toss with olive oil. Add butter and stir until blended in. Add parsley and Parmesan; toss, taste and add salt and pepper, only as needed. Serve immediately.
Cook's Notes: For an added flavor boost, cook pasta in chicken broth instead of water.
Cheesy Garlic Noodles: Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, cooking until tender. Add to pasta with the parsley and cheese.
Garlic Parmesan Cheese Sauce: Melt the 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, cooking until tender. Whisk in 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly add in 1-1/2 cups of whole milk or half and half, adding additional milk as needed for desired consistency. Add to pasta with the parsley and cheese. Adjust seasoning to taste as needed.
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