Simple and Delicious Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Herbs!

Need a quick meal for a busy weeknight? There’s a lot of beauty in simplicity and sometimes that’s all dinner needs.  This simple recipe is so delicious, I could barely stop myself from getting a third serving!

Butter garlic spaghetti is a staple recipe I think everyone should have in their books. And since there’s only 6 ingredients you won’t even need to look at the recipe next time you make!

Here’s how to make this classic yet underrated garlic butter spaghetti!


Recipe and Photo from Pinch of Yum


  • 1 lb. whole wheat spaghetti
  • 6 tablespoons butter + more for serving
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large bunch basil, chopped
  • 1 large bunch baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for topping


  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter together in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the minced garlic and saute for 3-5 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Be careful not to burn or over-brown the garlic because it will taste bitter. Low and slow is the winner here.
  3. Chop the spinach and basil (I had about 5 cups total – it reduces quite a bit as it wilts) into small bite-sized pieces and add to the skillet, stirring for just a minute or two to get the greens softened slightly. Season with salt.
  4. Add the spaghetti to the skillet (or vice versa depending on pan size) and season with salt and pepper. Toss well to combine and let it all rest for a few minutes to stick together a bit.
  5. Serve with an additional pat of butter and/or fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
 You’ll have plenty for leftovers and they taste even better the next day! I love this recipe because the garlic and herbs aren’t overpowering.
You really can’t go wrong with butter and carbs! What’s your favorite pasta recipe?