Greek yogurt garlic butter pasta is a quick, easy, and frugal dish. It’s simple to make, but loaded with flavor!
I first tasted this Greek yogurt garlic butter pasta at our local Greek festival when I was a newlywed, over 25 years ago. There was a cooking demonstration of Greek dishes, many I had heard of, some I had not, including this incredibly easy and delicious pasta dish. The instructor threw some butter, yogurt and garlic into a saucepan with the cooked pasta, swirled it around, and it was done in just a few minutes.
The tangy yogurt, combined with the butter and garlic, make this simple, yet delicious dish that’s ready in under 20 minutes. I’ve adjusted it slightly by adding just a touch of lemon juice and zest for a little more tang. I prefer to use good quality Greek yogurt, as it has creamy richness that I haven’t found in regular yogurt.
This Greek yogurt garlic butter pasta is great for end-of-the-month meals (when the budget’s running low), or for a there’s-nothing-in-the-fridge meal. Since it’s just pasta, yogurt, butter and garlic, a bit of freshly grated Parmesan cheese is always a nice addition.
I hope you enjoy this Greek yogurt garlic butter pasta as much as I do!
- 1 pound pasta any type
- 4 ounces unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 3-4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups good quality Greek yogurt
- Zest and juice of half a lemon
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 Tablespoons fresh chives or parsley for garnish (optional)
- Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to directions on package, depending on type of pasta. Make sure to add salt to the water for best results.
Drain pasta, but do not rinse! Reserve pasta.
In the same pot you cooked the pasta, melt butter over medium heat until melted.
Add minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant, but not brown.
Add yogurt and blend. Toss in pasta, stirring to coat.
Add zest and juice of half a lemon and salt and pepper to taste
Serve with grated cheese and fresh parsley or chives.