Pasta with Cream Sauce Recipe
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Pasta with Cream Sauce Recipe

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This beautiful pasta is well coated with a delicious garlic-cream sauce. It's a versatile dish that can be served as a side dish or a main dish. —Amy Sauser, Omaha, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 358 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook for 8 minutes or until reduced by about half. Stir in cream.
  2. Cook, uncovered, 8-10 minutes longer or until sauce is reduced to 1-1/4 cups. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Pasta with Cream Sauce in Taste of Home August/September 2008, p43

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Orbs User ID: 7287623 243396
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Delicious! I added carrots and cheese tortellini instead of bow tie pasta. Thank you, Amy, for sharing this recipe."

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 232523
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"My family likes lots of sauce with their pasta so we reduced the noodles to 8 oz for this amount of sauce. I used dry seasonings - one tsp each. I thickened it a bit with cornstarch. I kept the noodles and the sauce separate and we ladled it on instead of tossing it in. We also topped it with French fried onions. Yummy!"

chefkarenelizabeth User ID: 8400966 227401
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"Great recipe! Family enjoyed it. I added peas and ham to make it a meal! Will make again!"

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 101429
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"Yummy and versatile recipe--I added cubed pre-cooked ham and made it a main dish. Good with Green salad with Herb Vinaigrette (another TOH recipe)."

WendyHewitt User ID: 1363693 210011
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"Instead of bow tie pasta, I used a garlic chicken tortelloni and it was awesome!!!"

Sharldrew13 User ID: 6314142 141832
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"This was easy to make. I made some alterations: I used fat free half and half (to reduce fat), added some pecorino Romano cheese at the end (about 1/4 cup maybe?), and already cooked chicken breast strips. I also reduced the amount of pasta (to 3/4 lb of penne) and increased both the half and half and chicken broth. It made a thin but tasty sauce. My family would rather have a thinner sauce instead of not enough. As my 11 yr old son would say, this ones a keeper!"

Brenda2772 User ID: 2165447 107194
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Yum! Enough said."

swagner User ID: 2202984 174960
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"Wonderful! I added mushrooms and peppers to the dish, and it tasted great!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 141831
Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"Simple and easy side dish."

camdenjeffrey User ID: 3793707 158026
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"Followed recipe and it was easy enough to make it just didn't have much flavor."

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