This easy recipe for buttered egg noodles cooks to perfection in your Instant Pot pressure cooker, with no straining of liquid necessary. With just a few simple ingredients, this recipe is ready to enjoy in about 20 minutes.
Instant Pot butter noodles are the perfect side dish for any meal. It’s also a favorite of the kids! You can make a whole pot of creamy noodles with ease and feed those hungry tummies!
What are Butter Noodles?
Butter noodles are a simple dish which typically uses extra-wide egg noodles in a simple butter sauce. A mild herb such as parsley flakes are often added for a hint of flavor and nice color. The noodles can be cooked in either water or broth. Broth will add a nice layer of flavor and really makes the dish pop. We’ll also get some additional flavors from salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.
For this recipe we’ll use extra-wide egg noodles. They’re perfect for taking on the butter and flavors. The noodles will cook in 4 cups of chicken broth. You can certainly use water, but chicken broth will give the noodles that full, rich taste you know and love. Of course, since they’re butter noodles we’ll need… butter! Use a ½ stick (4 tablespoons) of unsalted butter. For a little extra flavor boost we’ll add 1 teaspoon each of onion powder and garlic powder. And of course some salt and pepper to taste. I like to start with ½ teaspoon of each and adjust as necessary.
To give the dish some nice color and herb flavor, some simple parsley flakes will do perfectly. Then for that extra richness, add some Parmesan cheese. While this step is optional, it really gives the noodles that extra level goodness.
Noodles can have a habit of sticking to the bottom of the Instant Pot during cooking so we’ll start with a quick spray of non-stick cooking spray on the bottom of the Instant Pot liner. Then we’ll add the chicken broth, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and parsley. Give it a good stir to get everything mixed in.
Next we add a 12oz package of extra-wide egg noodles. You’ll see that the liquid does not cover all the noodles. This is fine. Use a wooden spoon and give the noodles a stir to at least get them all a little wet.
Finally we add a ½ stick of butter on top. Break up the butter into 4 pieces and lay right on top of the noodles.
Pressure Cook for 2 Minutes
The actual cook time for the noodles will only be 2 minutes. However, they’ll be cooking as the pot comes to pressure, and also during the time the pressure takes to release.
With the lid secured and the vent set to the sealed position, pressure cook on high pressure for 2 minutes. When the time is up do a quick release of the pressure. When the pin drops, carefully remove the lid.
Al Dente or Soft Noodles
At this point the noodle will be cooked al dente. If you like the noodles to be a little softer so give them a quick stir and place the lid back on. You don’t need to do any additional cooking cycle, just place the lid on for another 1 minute.
Once we have the noodles to our liking, add the parmesan cheese. Gently stir with a wooden spoon or the Instant Pot ladle. Do this for a minute or two. Any remaining liquid will continue to be absorbed into the noodles.
Ready to Serve
Your butter noodles are now ready to serve! Some fresh parsley as a garnish can add nice, additional color and flavor. Also feel free to add more Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to your liking.
Storage and Reheating
Your Instant Pot butter noodles will keep will in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To reheat, simple microwave at 1-minute intervals until heated through. Add a little water if necessary.