Mafalde Pasta with Butter and Parmesan

Mafalde pasta with butter and parmesan cheese. Pasta ribbons are tossed with butter, olive oil, black pepper and lots of parmesan for an incredibly simple comfort food recipe that’s ready in 10 minutes.

Ok, what is better than a big bowl of cheesy pasta goodness? When I need comfort food fast, nothing beats it. Mafalde pasta are long ruffled ribbons that are not only perfect for unlimited pasta sauces but they just happen to be so pretty too!

pasta with butter and parmesan cheese

I first had this parmesan pasta dish a few years ago whilst on a holiday in Lake Como. It’s an absolutely gorgeous part of Italy and we spent our whole holiday eating, drinking and spending time on the beautiful lake.

We were out sight seeing one day and decided to look for somewhere to eat lunch. We done that thing where you walk around in circles trying to decide what restaurant looks best and then end up at the very first one you saw.  So as you can imagine we were so happy to be sitting down with a glass of vino gazing out at the lake waiting on our food.

I ordered what I thought would be a very simple, rustic dish and of course it is just that but the way it came out astounded me to the point of it being one of my most memorable meals I’ve ever had!

pasta with butter and parmesan cheese

Suddenly a whole, slightly hollowed out parmesan cheese was getting wheeled over on a trolly to our table. First of all I couldn’t stop staring at the enormous round parmesan, the smell was incredible….I totally want one.

The waitress had a bowl of freshly cooked mafalde pasta and added it to the whole parmesan. With two forks she hacked at the parmesan cheese creating course breadcrumbs, coating the pasta as she went. Now let me tell you there was a TON of parmesan covering this pasta. Straight onto my plate it went with a dusting of black pepper.

It honestly tasted like heaven, strong, salty and buttery cheese with perfectly cooked al dente ribbons of pasta. I couldn’t stop talking about it all day and knew it was something I had to recreate at home.

pasta with butter and parmesan cheese

We’ve made this pasta with butter and parmesan so many times now and whenever we’re too tired to cook it’s one of our go to meals. I always have pasta in my cupboards and butter and parmesan in my fridge and of course a good quality olive oil so it’s always so easy to whip up and always delicious.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

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Mafalde Pasta with Butter and Parmesan

Mafalde pasta with butter and parmesan cheese. Incredibly easy comfort food that's ready in 10 minutes. Grated parmesan, black pepper, butter.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cheese and butter pasta, Italian cheese pasta
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 544kcal
Author Emily Kemp


  • 13 oz (380g) mafalde pasta ribbons
  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) parmesan cheese
  • 1 knob of butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch black pepper


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil according to packet instructions until al dente. Meanwhile, grate the parmesan with a fork to resemble large crumbs (it doesn't matter if there are some larger crumbs)
  • Add the butter and olive oil to a large bowl. Once the pasta is cooked transfer it from the boiling water with a spaghetti spoon to the bowl draining off any excess water.
  • Toss the pasta in the butter and olive oil until it's completely coated and the butter has melted. Leave the pasta to cool for 30 seconds to 1 minute then add the parmesan. Toss the pasta until evenly coated add a pinch of black pepper and serve.


Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.


Nutrition Facts
Mafalde Pasta with Butter and Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 544
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply
    August 13, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I think there is an error in your recipe… You say to “Toss the pasta in the butter and PARMESAN until it’s completely coated and the butter has melted. Leave the pasta to cool for 1 minute then add the PARMESAN. … Did you possibly mean to toss the paster in butter and OLIVE OIL until its completely coated, leave to cool and then add the PARMESAN?

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      August 13, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      Hi, yes you’re totally right I typed that up wrong. Thanks so much for pointing that out, I’ve updated the recipe.

  • Reply
    Lisa Bryan
    July 27, 2017 at 2:39 am

    There’s just something about eating pasta in Italy, isn’t there? And it’s dishes like this with simple ingredients and so much flavor that are the best. 🙂

  • Reply
    July 27, 2017 at 1:37 am

    I can only imagine how amazing it was eating this while in Italy! Sometimes the simplest of dishes are the best.

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    Patty @ Spoonabilities
    July 27, 2017 at 1:17 am

    There is nothing like a good bowl of buttery noodles topped with parm cheese. I will take that every day of the week 🙂

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    Christina | Christina's Cucina
    July 27, 2017 at 12:13 am

    I can totally understand how such a simple dish can taste so amazing that you remember it for the rest of your life (I’m sure you’ll never forget it)! That’s why recipes that include 20 ingredients and have 10 herbs and spices and are entitled “Italian” make my blood pressure go sky high! Grrr…

    This is the real thing, people! THIS is Italian food!

    P.S. You have to tell me the name of the restaurant if you remember! 🙂

  • Reply
    July 26, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I love my pasta. I have to use gluten free, but the recipes are still delicious!

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