Vegan Buttered Noodles Recipe

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Vegan buttered noodles | Comfort food at its finest, tender noodles coated in melted garlic butter with a hint of nutty nutritional yeast, sprinkled with parsley and black pepper. This dish is all about simplicity, made with only 3 ingredients, you can make these yummy noodles in less than 10 minutes.

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This comforting dish starts with a generous portion of perfectly cooked vegan pasta. Whether it be curly ramen, thick fettucini noodles, or textured fusilli, the pasta provides a blank canvas for flavour, colour, and aroma.

The vegan butter and fragrant garlic meld into a savoury sauce, coating each strand of pasta. To elevate the flavour profile, I added fresh parsley, nutritional yeast for a nutty cheesy taste and black pepper. Feel free to go the extra step and grate some vegan parmesan cheese overtop, adding extra flavour and creaminess.

This quick meal is perfect for when you just get home after a long day and want something convenient and comforting. Whether you’re a busy professional or a student on a budget, you can’t go wrong with simple vegan buttered noodles.

Vegan buttered noodles are a combination that’s both luscious and light, indulgent yet health-conscious. This dish is a prime example of how vegan food can be indulgent, satisfying and comforting!

What kind of pasta is vegan?

Dried pasta is normally vegan, often made with simple ingredients like flour, salt, and water. Fresh pasta found in the refrigerated section is likely made with egg. Be sure to check the ingredients on the back of the packaging to make sure that the pasta is vegan!

Vegan buttered noodles in a white bowl.

What kind of vegan butter should I use?

Okay, the world of vegan butter is surprisingly large. There are a number of vegan butter products, ranging from butter sticks to margarine to spray butter. Vegan butters are made with plant-derived oils, anywhere from coconut oil, to vegetable oil, to palm oil.

Taste

For butter sticks I really like PC butter alternative, it is super similar to dairy butter. For spreadable butter, I find that Earth Balance tastes the best. Some plant-based butter options may have a more pronounced nutty flavor, while others offer a milder profile, so your selection should align with your personal taste preferences.

Environmental impact

Palm oil is notorious for its negative environmental impact, if that is something you’re concerned about, be sure to check the ingredients list of whichever vegan butter you go for.

Nutritional benefits of vegan butter

Vegan buttered noodles are a health-conscious alternative to the classic comfort food, buttered noodles, normally made with traditional dairy butter.

By choosing a vegan butter made from vegetable oils instead of cow milk, you can lower your intake of saturated fats and boost your intake of monosaturated fats, often found in plant-derived oils.

According to Healthline, switching out saturated fats for monosaturated fats has been linked to a lower risk of obesity and heart disease. Monosaturated fats have also been linked to benefits to heart health and blood sugar control.

Although vegan butter seems to be healthier for humans and the environment, make sure to consume it in moderate portions as it is just as high in calories as dairy butter.

Ingredients

More about the ingredients in this recipe. The exact measurements are below.

Ingredients for vegan buttered noodles.
  • Pasta – I used ramen for this recipe, which has a curly shape making it perfect for holding the sauce. You can use any type of pasta that you like. Most dried pasta is vegan!
  • Unsalted vegan butter – Melty plant-based butter creates the perfect savoury sauce to coat the pasta in. I find vegan butter in the butter aisle of my local grocery store. I like PC butter alternative.
  • Fresh garlic – You can never go wrong with fresh garlic, it’s zesty, earthy and comforting. It also pairs very well with nutritional yeast and herbs.
  • Nutritional yeast – It provides a slightly nutty, cheesy flavour.
  • Herbs – I used some fresh parsley for this recipe, it adds a nice bright flavour. If you want something with a bolder flavour, try fresh oregano. You can also use dried herbs.
  • Black pepper to taste.

Instructions

  • Use fresh garlic instead of jarred garlic! Fresh garlic has a stronger taste and is more fragrant.

Boil about 2 cups of water, or enough to cover the noodles, in a small pot on high heat. Cover the pot with a lid to boil the water quicker.

Boiling noodles.

Once boiling, add the ramen noodles and cook for about 3 minutes or until they reach your desired texture. Once cooked, reserve a few tablespoons of the pasta water before straining the noodles. Then, set them aside while you make the garlic butter.

Melting vegan butter in pan.

Heat a stainless steel pan on low heat. Add the vegan butter, let it melt, and start bubbling.

Cooking garlic in vegan butter.

Add the minced garlic and cook it in the butter until fragrant. Garlic cooks quickly, so don’t overcook it. Only heat until it starts to turn slightly golden and the smell takes over your kitchen.

Mixing noodles with vegan garlic butter.

Turn off the heat and add the noodles to the garlic butter. Gently mix the noodles with the garlic butter. You can also add some of the pasta water that you saved if the noodles aren’t as saucy as you’d like.

Adding seasonings to noodles.

Add the nutritional yeast, black pepper and parsley. Mix the noodles.

Vegan buttered noodles in chopsticks.

Transfer the noodles to a bowl and dig in!

I garnished with more black pepper and parsley, and a pat of vegan butter. You can also top the noodles with some vegan parmesan and some crushed red pepper flakes.

Vegan buttered noodles in a white bowl with garlic toast.

Tips for making dairy free buttered noodles

  • Save some pasta water: Before straining your pasta, use a measuring cup to reserve some of the pasta water. The starchy water will prevent the noodles from clumping together and will help the butter become extra creamy.
  • Fresh garlic: Use fresh garlic instead of jarred garlic. Fresh garlic has a stronger/better taste and is more fragrant.
  • Cooking garlic: Garlic cooks and burns very quickly, so cook the garlic until just fragrant, this takes about 10-15 seconds. The garlic should turn just slightly golden in colour.

What to serve with vegan buttered noodles

Buttered noodles are simple and tasty, but if you want to add some flavourful protein, try my panko tofu recipe.

Boost your veggie intake by tossing in some sauteed spinach, roasted red pepper or sun dried tomatos.

Enjoy a side salad like vegan caesar salad or a simple garden salad of leafy greens, cucumber, cherry tomato and your favourite dressing.

Garlic bread! A crusty baguette with a vegan garlic spread can be the perfect side, adding a crunch and extra garlic flavour to your meal.

Substitutions

  • This recipe is vegan!
  • Make this recipe gluten-free by swapping out flour-based pasta for certified gluten-free pasta.
  • For some spice: Sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes over the prepared buttered noodles for a spicy kick.
  • Herbs: Experiment with different fresh herbs like basil, parsley, or sage. Use a blend of multiple fresh herbs for optimal flavour.
  • Shallots: Shallots and garlic are two ingredients that go hand in hand, add some thinly sliced shallots to the vegan garlic butter and cook for a minute or two before adding the garlic.

Storage and reheating

Store in an air-tight container or a covered dish in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply microwave with a splash of water for 2-3 minutes or until hot.

Freezing the noodles could change their texture, but if you want to freeze them, store them in an air-tight container for up to 6 months. To make reheating easier, store the noodles in a microwave-safe container.

Then when you want to reheat, just add a splash of water to give the noodles some moisture, and microwave for 4-5 minutes or until hot.

Vegan buttered noodles picked up with chopsticks.

FAQ’s

Are vegan buttered noodles a healthy choice?

Vegan buttered noodles can be part of a healthy diet, but like any dish, it is essential to consume them in moderation.

What is the best vegan butter substitute for vegan buttered noodles?

The choice of the best vegan butter substitute can vary based on personal preference. Options include coconut-based, soy-based, or vegetable oil vegan butter.

How do you achieve a creamy texture in vegan buttered noodles?

Choose a high quality vegan butter that melts smoothly, and if needed add a splash of starchy pasta water for extra creaminess.

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Vegan Buttered Noodles

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Comfort food at its finest, tender noodles coated in melted garlic butter with a hint of nutty nutritional yeast, sprinkled with parsley and black pepper. This dish is all about simplicity, made with only 3 ingredients, you can make these yummy noodles in less than 10 minutes.
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 140 grams ramen noodles
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast optional
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped, optional
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Boil 2 cups of water in a small pot on high heat.
  • Once boiling, add the ramen noodles and cook for 3 minutes or to your desired texture, stirring occasionally to break the noodles apart.
  • Reserve 2-3 tablespoons of the pasta water before straining the noodles. Set them aside.
  • Heat a pan on low heat and add the vegan butter. Let it melt and start bubbling. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 10-15 seconds.
  • Add the noodles to the pan and gently mix with the garlic butter. For saucier noodles, add a tablespoon or two of the reserved pasta water.
  • Add the nutritional yeast, black pepper and parsley. Mix with the noodles.
  • Transfer the noodles to a bowl and enjoy. You can top the noodles with more herbs, some vegan parmesan or some crushed red pepper flakes.

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Notes

Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Use fresh garlic instead of jarred for a stronger taste.
Cook the garlic until just fragrant, about 10-15 seconds.
Save some pasta water to add to the noodles for a saucier consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 671kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 15gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 2g
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