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Creamy Bow Tie Pasta

Add a little zip to your meal with this saucy pasta dish. It's an excellent accompaniment with almost any meat or seafood. —Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Dash salt
  • Dash dried basil
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the oil, flour, garlic and seasonings until blended. Gradually add the milk, broth and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in cheese and sour cream. Drain pasta; toss with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 196 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 252mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Serena
    Jan 24, 2021

    The pasta is delicious. Add salt, pepper, and I also added another simple seasoning. Great for a side dish or maybe add some chicken for a full meal.

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 28, 2020

    This is a keeper. Good for a quick to make side dish that tastes great.

  • Joanna
    Dec 16, 2020

    This was a super easy recipe! It was my first time trying this dish and it was delicious! I am a 14-year-old chef and think this recipe would be good for beginners. I substituted the 2tbs of chicken broth for a splash of oil and about a tbs of water. I also adjusted the consistency of the sauce with milk(as needed).

  • Jessica
    Apr 26, 2020

    I subbed 1 1/2 tbsp grated parm in place of the 2 tbsp shredded. Only 1/4 tsp garlic, no basil, add a dash of onion powder, a dash of fresh grated black pepper, no sour cream, and add 1/2 tbsp goat cheese before removing from heat. I let the noodles sit in the sauce for a couple minutes to help it thicken. So good!

  • Kim0827
    Jan 21, 2019

    So good. I added chicken and broccoli and made it a main dish. Easy with ingredients I normally have.

  • twylia1
    Jan 20, 2018

    Great side dish easy and tasty perfect for two

  • Lorenzo
    Dec 3, 2017

    it was nice but I don't know if I would have doubled the sauce as suggested...

  • whunt_29708
    Dec 16, 2016

    I've been searching for a good pasta side dish to have in my recipe box. I made this recipe last week and it was surprisingly delicious. As I started getting the ingredients together I realized it wasn't going to make much so I doubled the recipe. I followed the recipe exactly. I may have added a little ground pepper which I believe someone mentioned in their review. It was simple to make and when it was done I thought the parmesan cheese was going to be to powerful and make it taste bad. I was surprised to find it actually tasted really great. Sometimes internet recipes are hit or miss but this was a hit. I really liked the kick the red pepper flakes gave. I will definitely make this again and recommend it to others.

  • mlynnfoley
    Jul 4, 2016

    I quadrupled the recipe, and added quite a bit more chicken broth then the recipe called for to thin the sauce. I also served the pasta over a bed of wilted arugula. This gave the dish the kick it needed without adding garlic powder or pepper.

  • ardy bare
    Nov 5, 2015

    my family really liked this. will definat ly make again