Miso and Garlic Butter Noodles

Ah, butter noodles. This is total college dorm comfort food if you ask me. Personally, I didn’t live in our college dorms (that cost money, I lived at home instead) but once I did get my own apartment, I remember many times my roommate and I ate butter noodles for dinner. I’m all grown up now in my 30s and can afford the finer things in life, like sauce for pasta (haha), but I still crave butter noodles now and again.

For the straightforward version, you certainly don’t need a recipe; it’s all in the name. But this is what I would consider an elevated version of the classic. It’s very much inspired by a dish from Two Ten Jack, one of my favorite Nashville spots. I don’t know how they make their garlic noodles, as the menu suggests something called “crab butter,” but this is my at-home version.

As you can probably guess, this dish is VERY easy to make with only 4-5 ingredients and it can be made in about 12 minutes. Boom.

Obviously, these miso and garlic butter noodles are great all on their own, although that’s probably not the most balanced meal ever. 😉 But these are also great with stir-fried or steamed veggies or some cooked shrimp, chicken, or veggie protein you enjoy.

If you plan to serve these family style rather than plating individually, I do recommend kind of creating little nests of the noodles (like the photos above) as these will get sticky as they sit. This way you can grab a nest or two and share with other things you might be serving. Enjoy! xo. Emma

5 from 6 votes

Miso and Garlic Butter Noodles


  • 5-6 ounces noodles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon miso
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • sesame seeds for color optional


  1. Start by boiling and cooking the pasta. I like lo mein noodles for this dish, but really any noodles you have on hand will work. You could also use a whole wheat or gluten-free option if you prefer.

  2. While the pasta cooks, mince the garlic. When you only have about 5 minutes of pasta cooking time left, melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. You want the garlic to brown but not burn. During the last minute of cooking, stir in the miso.

  3. Toss the drained, cooked noodles in the butter mixture. Then serve topped with green onions and sesame seeds if using.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • 5 stars
    Delicious and comforting. Definitely “an elevated version of the classic,” even with what I had on hand—buckwheat soba, vegan butter, white miso paste, and nori furikake. Yum!

  • What exactly is the Shiro Miso? I’m not a miso expert, so it’s frustrating that there isn’t a photo of the 1 tablespoon of miso or an explanation of what it is as miso comes in different forms. What if the store doesn’t have this exact product (which is what happened & I went to 2 stores)? Clarification appreciated, thanks!

  • 5 stars
    This was delicious! I changed it up a bit based on the ingredients I had in my house. I doubled the sauce recipe and used standard spaghetti noodles to start. I also added shiitake mushrooms (reconstituted from dried), thinly chopped some napa cabbage, and extra garlic to the butter before adding the miso (used white miso with some of the mushroom broth added). I also added red pepper flakes, a pinch of cayenne, a touch of garlic salt, and lots of black pepper. Absolutely would make again and am happily eating the leftovers for a few days!

  • Found a typo!

    “You want the garlic to grown but not burn.” Pretty sure that’s supposed to be BROWN.

  • 5 stars
    I used udon noodles and added roasted broccoli from the air fryer. Delicious, thank you!

  • this looks delicious! i just discovered a patch of chives at my in-laws so i’m going to make compound butter for easy summer dinners, simplicity at its best – thanks for the idea! more on summer simplicity this way: https://tps-steph.blogspot.com/2019/06/0040-may-favorites.html

  • My brand of red miso seems to introduce bitterness to a dish! Maybe I’ll give this a try. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Oh man, this looks so good. It is making me hungry right now. I love noodles


  • I wonder if the “crab butter” is the crap tomalley. My mom has mixed it in when stir-frying noodles and it’s delicious!

  • 5 stars
    Pasta has always been my favorite food. I am a carb fanatic haha. I will definitely have to try out this recipe!!


  • This looks so healthy! It’s such a simple recipe too, perfect for a weeknight. Thanks! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Now I am wondering if my grocery store carries these noodles. I might want to make them tonight.

    • 5 stars
      I loved these but really any noodle would work. I think classic spaghetti noodles would be just great too.

    • 5 stars
      OMG. I’m late to the party but I LOVE Two Ten Jack’s garlic crab noodles. I’m so excited to try this out.

  • Oh my gosh, these look delicious!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

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