I have always loved garlic butter noodles. My favorite place to get them was and is at the Spaghetti Warehouse. We’d always have big family dinners there with my dad’s whole extended family.  I always looked forward to it because of the sourdough bread, the fortune teller in the arcade, and the delicious garlic butter spaghetti.  I think it’s where I fell in love with garlic and garlic butter sauce.

Easy and quick garlic butter sauce in the microwave

Now I love this sauce on so many things. It works as a pizza dipping sauce, especially for stuffed crust pizza, as well as for shrimp. I love it with grilled shrimp and veggies.  It’s such a versatile dipping sauce.    

Garlic Butter Sauce

It took some experimenting, but this is now my favorite and go-to recipe for garlic butter sauce. It’s so simple to make.  And, it has a secret ingredient which is actually the parmesan cheese. It just adds a little kick to the flavor.

My favorite way to use this sauce is definitely on pasta.  Garlic Butter Spaghetti is one of my go-to comfort foods when someone is sick. 

Follow this pasta recipe to make your noodles in the microwave after you’ve made the sauce.  

Garlic Butter Sauce in the microwave

How to make Garlic Butter Sauce in the Microwave

I have found that if you are out of butter or don’t use it, using 4 tablespoons of olive oil instead of 4 tablespoons of butter + 1 tablespoon of olive oil works pretty good for this sauce.

How to make Garlic Butter Sauce in the microwave

Make sure you check and stir every 30 seconds because the garlic and parmesan cheese will get stuck together in a  clump if you just cook it without stirring.  When that happens, it’s hard to spread it out all through the noodles. 

Garlic Butter Sauce in the Microwave
Yield: 1/2 cup

Garlic Butter Sauce in the Microwave

Garlic Butter Sauce is an easy and quick sauce to make in the microwave to toss with any kind of pasta.


  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional: dash of parsley


  1. In a small microwave safe bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Heat for 30 seconds at a time and stir.
  3. Keep heating for 30 second increments until the butter is completely melted.
  4. Once completely melted, stir well to combine.
  5. Toss with favorite type of pasta.


If you are out of butter, you can change this up so that you use 4 tablespoons of olive oil and no butter.

Or, if you don't have olive oil, you can just leave it off the recipe.

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