Lemon-Basil Bow Ties Recipe
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Lemon-Basil Bow Ties Recipe

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With fresh basil, shredded Parmesan and a splash of citrus, the pasta toss is a delicious accompaniment to many different entrees. Even our children enjoy this quick side dish. —Michelle Harbour, Lebanon, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, torn or thinly sliced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon peel, salt and pepper. Drain pasta; add to skillet. Add basil; toss to coat. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until basil is wilted. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Lemon-Basil Bow Ties in Quick Cooking July/August 2004, p37

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Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"It was ok. Kind of ordinary. I would make again - but only as a weeknight dinner with the family. I would add even more basil and maybe even more lemon."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2015

"Light and refreshing."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"Good but pretty plain. I'd probably add something more to it next time."

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"A little bland,"

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"This is very good. I love the marriage of all the flavors. This is superb with the Blackened Chicken."

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