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Brown Butter Noodles

Brown butter noodles in a bowl with a kitchen towel and a wooden spoon beside it.

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Salt and melted, caramelized butter come together to make this traditional Pennsylvania Dutch side dish. While brown butter noodles may be the most simplistic pasta dish you ever serve up, they are packed with immense flavor.



8 oz. Egg Noodles, about half the package/bag

1/2 c. Butter

1 1/2 - 2 tsp. salt, according to taste


  1. Boil water on the stovetop, then add egg noodles.
  2. Cook according to the package directions.
  3. Drain.
  4. While the noodles are boiling, place a frying pan or a small saucepan on the stovetop and set the burner temperature to medium or medium-low.
  5. Put the butter into the pan.
  6. In a few moments, the butter will melt and then, begin to boil and foam up. Stay right by the stove, because this process all happens very quickly!
  7. Watch as the butter boils and foams up. Soon, the sizzling will lessen and the foam starts to look a little brown.
  8. At this point, begin to swirl/swish the pan slightly to get the foam to move to get a peek at the butter underneath. When the butter has turned a medium-dark shade of brown, turn off the burner and remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  9. Transfer the drained egg noodles to a large bowl, pour the butter over top, and add the salt.
  10. Toss well to thoroughly coat all the noodles in the butter and salty goodness.

  11. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving Suggestions

  • Serve this along side traditional Amish and Mennonite dishes such as Poor Man's Steak (recipe coming soon!), barbecue meatballs, ham balls, or roast beef for an easy, yummy side. It is just perfect for either weeknight dinners or Sunday lunch!
  • These noodles make a perfectly delicious accompaniment for holiday dinners - Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter!
  • Serve these buttery noodles alongside any of your own, family favorites!

Storage Suggestions

Refrigerate: If you have leftover Brown Butter Noodles, refrigeration is the best way to keep them fresh. Allow the noodles to cool to room temperature before transferring them to an airtight container. Ensure that the container is sealed properly to prevent moisture and odors from affecting the flavor. Stored this way, your brown butter noodles will stay good for up to a week in the refrigerator.

These can be frozen and eaten later, however, the freezing and thawing process may dry them out if there is not a lot of extra butter left in with them.


Keywords: Amish, Mennonite, Pennsylvania Dutch, PA Dutch, Simple Side Dish, Old Fashioned, Egg Noodles, Sides, Vintage Recipe