Friday, January 20, 2017

Parmesan Cheesy Noodles

Egg noodles, seasoned simply, tossed with butter, Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.
Egg noodles, seasoned simply, tossed with butter, Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.

Parmesan Cheesy Noodles

Growing 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.

Looks like economic conditions are calling for these simple but filling meals again.

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.

Updated to add: In 2017, when I first shared these simple noodles TikTok did not exist, but as things go in this fast-paced world of technology, a version of this has become viral on TikTok, not without snarky comments about its simplicity and the "need" for a recipe to make them.

That's a tad bit annoying y'all.

If you're an experienced and yes, an older cook, you don't. You probably remember these from your own dinner table as a child, or yes, even in your school cafeteria.

The younger generation however, never had that and many of them did not have parents who cooked, or showed them how to cook, so yeah, in those cases, you might need some information!

Anyway, it appears that the viral TikTok version is very similar to this. 
  1. The pasta, usually angel hair, thin spaghetti or linguine, is cooked a little short of being fully tender in chicken broth, or water with a chicken bouillon or base added.
  2. Some of the pasta water is retained, I'd go with 2 cups.
  3. A full stick of butter is used and minced garlic, a little or a lot, is often used also, to your own taste. Some folks also add chopped onion at this point.
  4. Add the drained cooked noodles and about 1/2 to 1 cup of the reserved pasta water and toss.
  5. Add about 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese. Most of the recipes are using the pre-shredded green can, but I suggest using freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Keep it in a vacuum sealed bag in your fridge and it lasts for a very long time!
  6. For seasonings, add a little garlic powder if you didn't add fresh garlic and dried parsley. You can also stir in some additional chicken bouillon or base and a mix of dried herbs if you like.
  7. Toss everything together and if you need to loosen it up further, just keep adding the reserved pasta water, about 1/4 cup at a time.
  8. Grate some additional fresh Parmesan and parsley right on top when serving.
Here's how to make my basic Parmesan Cheesy Noodles.

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.

Add parsley. I'm using fresh because I had it, but dried is fine too.

Add Parmesan.

Toss, taste, add salt and pepper as you like and serve immediately.

How easy is that?

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