Butter Sauce for Pasta, Seafood, Etc.

Total Time
Prep 12 mins
Cook 0 mins

The best simple butter sauce - rich, creamy, fabulous! Use with any pasta recipe - fettucine with chicken, angel hair with shrimp, or just over some spaghetti noodles. Its flavor is great! I must give credit to Elswet's Shrimp Pasta in Herb Butter Sauce as this is an augmentation of that recipe, which is delicious as well. As you can see, there are "necessary ingredients" and "seasoning ingredients". This is because the base of the sauce are the necessary ingredients. All of the other ingredients can be changed around, left out, substituted, etc. in accordance with your liking or what you have on hand.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Let both butter and margarine soften.
  2. Using hand mixer, blend butter and margarine together with flour until well incorporated.(I generally do this blending in a glass bowl which I can then place on top of a pan of simmering water for the next steps).
  3. Melt the butter/flour mixture in a double boiler over med. low heat(or glass bowl over simmering pan) until just melted.
  4. As butter/flour mixture is melting, add it the evaporated milk, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. All of these ingredients are according to your taste - you can use real garlic and heavy cream, white pepper, whatever you prefer or have on hand. You can add up to 4 tablespoons of evaporated milk without making the sauce too thin. Lastly, add in as much paremsan cheese as you would like, my preference is about 2 tablespoons.
  5. Pour over noodles or whatever and enjoy!


Most Helpful

this was a nice recipe. I omitted the cayenne pepper because I am not big on heat spice, and I omitted the milk because my family was recovering from a stomach bug and I was trying to find a light sauce for pasta. Admittedly a butter sauce may not have been as "light" as I thought. One lady said the margarine taste was too much so I used 3/4 cp butter and 1/4 cp margarine. I also added dried green onions, not a lot, and it was a tasty, tasty sauce. Next time I am going to only use 3/4 cp butter because we ended up with too much sauce, and one day I may be brave enough for the cayenne pepper.

kowlover February 01, 2014

I gave this 3 stars. I made this for the PAC Spring 2008. I served this sauce over pasta. The sauce was to thin for me so I thickened it. My future hubby loved this sauce. I liked it I thought it had a bit much more margarine taste then I would have liked. I loved the seasoning combo. My 5 yrs old newphew & 6 yrs old niece did not like it. Overall I will make this again with a few tweaks. Thanks so much for posting a good recipe. Christine (internetnut)

internetnut March 30, 2008

This is absolutely wonderful! I didn't go through the steps of putting the sauce together as the recipe states, I prepared it as if i were making a regular white sauce in a saucepan. Same results with less work. Thanks, Reality. I will be using this in place of my Alfreda Sauce recipe from now on. ~Darlene~

Darlene Ross March 18, 2008

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