Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Naked Noodles with Rosemary Butter

Friends, meet my favorite childhood meal, but the grown up version.

My sister and I both are pasta lovers!  So growing up, if we ever prepared a meal for ourselves, we always made what we called “naked noodles”.  We cooked pasta, melted butter, added salt, garlic powder and parmesan cheese and callled it dinner, and it was seriously one of our favorite things to eat.

Back when we “invented” this naked noodle dish, I don’t think we really cared if there were fresh herbs involved.  I used to absolutely hate tomatoes, and I think my sister still does.  And we almost always used good ‘ol spaghetti noodles.

Nowadays, I actually still eat naked noodles, but I have made them a little more adult-like, if that’s at all possible.  I’m slightly partial to penne pasta, and always have it on hand.  Fresh rosemary, grape tomatoes, slightly browned butter, and a little crushed red pepper flakes make this pasta dish the perfect “bachelorette night” meal!  I have one of those per week, on a usual basis, and most of the time, these naked noodles are what ends up in my bowl.

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Naked Noodles with Rosemary Butter Recipe

Yield: 1 serving

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

4 ounces brown rice pasta (or any kind you like)
1 Tbs. butter
2 tsp. olive oil, divided
1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
5 grape tomatoes, halved
1 Tbs. parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta cooks, melt the butter and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small sauce pan over low heat. Add the rosemary and stir to combine. Allow the butter to slightly brown, just until brown flakes start appearing on the bottom of the pan. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and tomatoes and stir to coat.

Drain the pasta and add to the rosemary butter. Toss to coat, add parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

36 Responses to “Naked Noodles with Rosemary Butter”

  1. #
    Courtney — July 5, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    yummy, I love the grown up addition!

  2. #
    Rachel Cooks — July 5, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Love the simplicity of this!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — July 5, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    Mmm, adding to my easy weeknight meal list! 🙂

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — July 5, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    i used to eat something verrrry similar to your ‘naked noodles’ growing up, too – noodles, butter, parmesan cheese. love your dressed-up version. i still make something similar, especially when i’m feeling a little under the weather or needing comfort food. =)

    • Cassie replied: — July 6th, 2012 @ 9:50 am

      Definitely a comfort food! It sounds like a lot of people used to eat something similar!

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    Kathryn — July 5, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    I’m another one who used to eat something similar. I was always more about the pasta then the sauce anyway!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 5, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    This looks great! It’s a total grown up version of buttered noodles…yum!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — July 5, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    mmm i totally used to make a similar dish all the time!

  8. #
    Jill — July 5, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Yep– make something similar here, too. Love it!

  9. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 5, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Have. Mercy.

  10. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 5, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Perfect bachelorette meal!

  11. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — July 5, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    I love this idea Cassie!! I adore the rosemary in it! Yummmmm!!!! 🙂

  12. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 5, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    Oh yum! Brown butter in pasta – loooooove it!

  13. #
    Deborah — July 5, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    I make a simple pasta dish for my kids all of the time with just butter and parmesan cheese. I need to change it up with brown butter next time – it would be an amazing change up!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 5, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    Rosemary Butter is something I could get used to!

  15. #
    sally @ sally's baking addiction — July 5, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Love this! “Naked Noodles” were my go-to dinner when I was little too!

  16. #
    Sheila — July 5, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    You had me at naked! Hahah just kidding. these look fabulous! I love rosemary anything.

  17. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 5, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    I love that you call these “naked”!

  18. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 5, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    I love how simple but full of flavor this dish is!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 5, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    I used to love eating pasta with a little bit of butter, and maybe some salt and pepper! The simplicity is just fine with me even today! That rosemary butter sounds pretty fantastic!

  20. #
    Ramona — July 5, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Naked noodles… LOL!! Love the name. 🙂 I like the childhood version and the grown up version. 🙂

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    amanda @ fake ginger — July 5, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    My husband grew up eating something similar (without the fresh herbs, of course) and always talks about how good it is. Guess I should make this for him one of these days!

  22. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 5, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Great idea! This looks awesome!

  23. #
    Sarah — July 5, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    I used to love naked noodles too! But mine always had more butter and cheese than noodles. Hope you had a great 4th!

  24. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 6, 2012 @ 3:08 am

    Very simple yet so attractive! I’m trying to reduce my carb intake but when I have a craving, this sounds like a nice recipe to try. I love your creative name. 😉

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    Ashley - baker by nature — July 6, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    I too was a “naked noodle” fan growing up – it was one of my first successful solo projects in the kitchen 😉 love the idea of rosemary butter, Cassie!

    • Cassie replied: — July 6th, 2012 @ 9:57 am

      Thanks Ashley!!

  26. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Such a cute name!! 🙂 We just called them “plain” noodles, but I still love them too!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 6, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    I did the same thing when I was younger! Naked noodles and just sprinkled on some cheese or butter haha, love the name, made me giggle cause i was immature 😉

  28. #
    myfudo — July 7, 2012 @ 1:55 am

    Light and tasty. Great for summertime. Thanks for the recipe.

  29. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — July 7, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    I love this idea! I love a very simple pasta recipe that my mom always used to make me with chicken broth, italian seasoning, garlic, chili flakes and parmesan! For some reason it never tastes as good when I make it as it did when she made it for me!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — July 7, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    So funny, I used to eat something similar when I was a kid too! I hated tomato sauce, so my mom would just slather spaghetti in butter and grated Parmesan for me. Super healthy! I totally want to make this. 🙂

  31. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — July 8, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    Cassie…I was always a fan of noodles, butter and parmesan. I never thought to add herbs or extra flavor at all. And I still love this simple dish. I bet that brown butter alone…makes it so much more special! : )

  32. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 9, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I’d love this – just sub in some bacon for the tomatoes and I’ll be 100x happier 😉

  33. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — July 10, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    I love pasta too and I eat something very similar to these naked noodles often 🙂 I love the idea of flavoring the butter with rosemary!

  34. #
    Paula — October 14, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    Curious about the olive oil. Ingredients call for 2 tsp. olive oil, divided. One teaspoon is melted with the butter. What happens with the OTHER teaspoon of olive oil? Did I miss something?

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