Spaghetti with butter is the ultimate comfort food to me. Everyone has their own definition and favorite dish when it comes to comfort food. Let me turn you onto mine.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve absolutely ADORED spaghetti with butter. (Yes, that’s bold, capitalized, and italicized text!)
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My mother didn’t let us (my brothers and me) have it very often as it’s not the most nutritious and healthful meal for a growing child. So when she did indulge us, it was even more special.
Nowadays, I see many adults indulge their children every day. They are allowed to eat what they want, which could be sugary cereal and hot dogs, each and every day. I just can’t imagine how these children’s little bodies will suffer, now, and in the future. “Tommy doesn’t like this, or Suzy won’t eat that” and they make these announcements in front of their children!
As an ex-children’s social worker, let me give you some unsolicited advice: please don’t do this. Never let your children hear you tell someone else what they won’t eat, don’t like, or can’t stand. All you are doing is programming and reinforcing this in your children. Instead, let them overhear your positive attributes about them! “Johnny loves apples and bananas and I just love seeing him eat fruit!” Don’t discuss the fact that he doesn’t want to eat any other fruit; you’ll see how things change.
Another favorite pasta dish that children love: pasta and beans.
I’m getting a little off track, so let me get back to my favorite comfort food recipe. Even now, as an adult, I love spaghetti with butter probably just as much as I did when I was a child. So every once in a while, I still indulge myself. Good quality pasta and good quality butter, and I’m a very happy girl, er, woman.
Have you ever tried spaghetti with butter?
You’ll find a printable recipe below, even though you probably won’t need it, along with a few blogger friends’ favorite comfort food recipes!
Spaghetti with Butter
makes enough for 2 servings
(please use quality ingredients, as there are only two of them, 3 with salt)
Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add a good amount of salt. Taste the water, it should taste salty, almost like sea/ocean water. Then add the spaghetti.
Cook until al dente, not too hard, though (if you use a good quality pasta it won’t get mushy).
Use a pasta fork and remove the pasta from the water and place directly into two plates.
Top with butter and mix until well-coated.
Spaghetti with Butter
The ultimate comfort food, only 2 ingredients and ready in minutes.
- 6 oz spaghetti
- a few pats of butter, enough to coat the pasta
- Kosher or sea salt
- Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add a good amount of salt. Taste the water, it should taste salty, almost like sea/ocean water. Then add the spaghetti.
- Cook until al dente, not too hard, though (if you use a good quality pasta it won't get mushy).
- Use a pasta fork and remove the pasta from the water and place directly into two plates. Top with butter and mix until well-coated.
Lots of people like to add grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese to this dish. Just be sure to use the real deal.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 277Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g
Nutrition info is simply an estimate.
I asked some blogger friends for their favorite comfort foods, so here they are along with a bit on their ethnic background and where they live.
Jill from Mad About Macarons – A Frenchie-Scot living in Paris BUTTERNUT WALNUT GRATIN
Cynthia from What a Girl Eats – American w/Scottish roots
CHEESY POTATO CRUSTED CHICKEN POT PIES
Nancy from A Communal Table – American with Scottish roots SHREDDED PORK RAGU
Ale from A Queen in the Kitchen – Italian living in California – GNOCCHI (ITALIAN POTATO DUMPLINGS)
Cathy from She Paused for Thought – American – GRANDMA CLARK’S DANISH PUFF
What’s YOUR favorite comfort food? Share below in the comments…
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Fabulous! This is totally off subject, but do you know of a butter that doesn’t splatter like crazy over heat? I’ve tried butters from around the globe with no luck.
Hi Mimi, not sure, to be honest! I know that cheap butter will do that in the microwave as they add water, but not sure about good butters. Maybe it’s just going to happen, no matter what type of butter used.
Yup, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a simple pasta bianca. I make something very similar, only with short pasta and Parmesan and perhaps a bit of cream in, but at heart it’s the same idea. Often a midnight snack when I’m having trouble falling asleep. For some reason it puts me out right away…
You can tell an Italian by the fact that pasta, and not a hot drink, puts them to sleep! Love it! :)
Spaghetti with butter is one of our Go-to recipes for busy nights. I must admit we add a sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano!
Just gilding the lily! So good!
We are choosing to go lower carb these days, but an occasional treat is in order. One of ours is lemon spaghetti. It is simple but great! In your recipe, a good quality pasta and butter are a must.
Absolutely, Peggy! :)
Wonderful comfort food – I love it with ricotta melted into the hot pasta. Easy, fast and delicious!
I have a recipe for ricotta and mushrooms with pasta! I agree, totally delicious!
Spaghetti (or, alternatively, any kind of pastina) with butter was the go-to comfort food in my family too. We all loved it, but my dad now, my dad’s soul could probably be bought for a bowl of it. Now, if you added olive oil and grated cheese to the butter, he slipped into nirvana mode. I remember him every time I eat it.
Simple foods, simply prepared … the best.
Isn’t food amazing? I feel sorry for those who simply eat to live (meaning those who have a choice).
Food that you love, friends that you love, family that you love; it’s the Italian way. And does anything else really matter in the long run? I, at least, don’t think so. So thank you for your little reminder that the smallest things can bring joy. Keep posting your wonderful recipes!
Grazie mille, Regina! 💜
This was the only way I’d eat spaghetti when I was a kid! butter and parmesan! I agree, the ultimate comfort food! thanks for including my chicken potato pot pies!
Lots of children end up only eating pasta with butter; hopefully they come around when they’re older! Haha!
I am not alone. Someone has admitted they love spaghetti and butter too. I have also added fresh basil and lots of Parmesan cheese and have been in heaven……
Isn’t it hilarious? It’s almost like admitting guilt to something bad~ :) CC