Basil Cheese Butterfly Pasta Recipe
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Basil Cheese Butterfly Pasta Recipe

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Kids love pasta, especially when it is shaped like fun "butterflies." The lemon and basil pairs with Parmesan cheese to transform plain pasta into something totally different and kid-approved! —Lauren Reiff, East Earl, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and set aside.
  2. In the same saucepan, saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Stir in the lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper. Return pasta to the pan. Add cheese and toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Butterfly Pasta in Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2012 , p168

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kpkaren User ID: 2650977 122764
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"Very good side dish. Served it along side of chicken and it was just the right amount of seasonings. My future daughter-in-law even asked to take the leftovers home. Will be making this again."

crawley3 User ID: 5781750 199661
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"Family loved it very good, light pasta"

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