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 4 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.
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