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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


  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 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."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

"very fresh, light and perfect with the shrimp I made. I may have added a little too much salt but it was very good regardless."

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