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Creamy Bow Tie Pasta Recipe

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta Recipe

Add a little zip to your meal with this saucy pasta dish. It's a great accompaniment to almost any meat or seafood. —Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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 for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • 2. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese and sour cream. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional 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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whunt_29708 User ID: 6853080 258189
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8888484 250093
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4495741 236789
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"my family really liked this. will definat ly make again"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 234043
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Needs a bit more flavor. I will make some additions like garlic powder and maybe some coarse ground pepper. I enjoy the kick the red pepper flakes give it though."

RLiberty User ID: 7169427 173305
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"Great side for many meals - nice 'n creamy, great flavors."

MOTCook User ID: 7688063 114681
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"I have made this several times. It's a great side dish and makes just enough for 2."

jleague22 User ID: 7762348 107324
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"I made this according to the recipe I just doubled it to make enough for my family and it was bland. It did not have enough of a flavor. I added some garlic salt and pepper it was better."

meganshakes User ID: 4295286 210033
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"I made this according to the recipe minus the red pepper flakes, then added chicken to make it a main dish. It was very easy and really good, and not super rich like a lot of Alfredo recipes are. I made it for a large group so I used the whole 12 oz box of pasta and ended up multiplying the sauce ingredients by six and it was the perfect amount of sauce, not too soupy but not dry. I will definitely make this again."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 158123
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Very good, had to double it to feed two of us. I'll make this again."

stick011 User ID: 7528672 105447
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"Just helping with typo's  ours  spaghetti sauce recipe"

abigail11 User ID: 7646053 114680
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"Dear Jessica, how did you make big for your family we have 5 of us? Did u double it your triple it? We like chicken in ares to! I found another website that is called spagetti sause and I am using there resipe!!


jessicabz37 User ID: 7629179 175069
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"Very easy to make! I have a family of six & adjusted quantities. I also added chicken..yum! It's a bit spicy for the kiddos..but I will definitely make again."

Shellvalenz User ID: 7427617 158101
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Mmmm.... This recipe is soooo good. A favorite in our house."

DoggieMom2 User ID: 5596773 179149
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"I LOVE this pasta! One of my TOH favorites. Tastes like it came from an Italian restaurant. My husband likes it but has me lighten up on the red pepper flakes which he says makes it too spicy (I disagree...but...). I've also used the sauce over fettuccini and other pastas, but if you're going to try to impress, bowtie noodles make the dish look so pretty, lol....Thanks for sharing this recipe!"

Sunflower2013 User ID: 7216791 179144
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"This is/was delicious I would definitely show this to all my friends and family! The kids loved it! And it was quick! Thanks Tasteofhome!"

bionerd15 User ID: 6069324 174392
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"I absolutely love this recipe. It's extremely easy and goes well with any meal! There have been a few times that I didn't have sour cream so I used cream cheese instead and it still tasted wonderful! I will definitely continue to make this!!"

chasetaylor User ID: 6831528 114584
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2012

"Made this just to have a side dish and something quick. I was shocked, this is simply amazing! I did use habanero cheese rather than the parmesan. Will definitely make again. Maybe add a little chicken!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 210032
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"Wow, this pasta can really dress up any meal! I multiplied the recipe by 3 to serve my family of 6. I also browned the butter which gave it a more distinct flavor, I think roasting the garlic would be great too. In place of red pepper flakes, I added in some cayenne pepper which worked well. I discovered that I did not have sour cream on hand, so I stirred in about half an ounce of cream cheese, and it tasted wonderful. This was really simple but had great flavor and everyone loved it (and I did too!) I will definitely be making this again."

irishkiss718 User ID: 6527558 176379
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"This recipe is so delicious! My fiance and I are hooked! We've had it twice already since we first tried it about 3 days ago. I made some minor modifications to the ingredients just to make it a bit healthier. I used multigrain bow tie pasta, unsalted butter, fat free milk, fat free/low sodium chicken broth, and fat free sour cream. I use a little more milk and broth than what the recipe calls for just to loosen it so it's not too thick. I told my sister about it and she made it tonight and loved it also!"

BJWight User ID: 6488016 210031
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"This was amazing!! The whole family, even my kids loved it!!"

aoneal0603 User ID: 5359252 94025
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"We loved it... I do like to use a whole box of pasta and I triple the sauce part. It is delicious though ;-)"

mdbubba1 User ID: 1253738 160400
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"Loved this very easy to make. Turned our great. I did thin the sauce with pasta water. I used greek yougrt instead of sour cream very good. Can't wait to make again."

gypsymal User ID: 1286377 105445
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"I made this dish exactly per recipe but added shrimp scampe to it. It was delicious will make it again."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 179142
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"I doubled the entire recipe and it turned out great. I also used mini bow tie pasta, which was really cute! Served this as a side to TOH's "Crispy chicken Cutlets" and glazed carrots and fresh blackberries."

apeesacake User ID: 1069255 94024
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2009

"This was a really easy, economical, and delicious recipe to make. I made it exactly as the recipe stated and then needed to add a little more liquid. I added another tablespoon of chicken broth and another tablespoon of sour cream. Really a yummy recipe. I forgot to rank it, but should have given it as many stars as possible."

Luv2boys04 User ID: 1496539 114582
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2009

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princessteri8 User ID: 3697027 89649
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"I made this the other night and did exactly what jodil did above...I added chicken and doubled the recipe. I also added some of the hot pasta water because it seemed kind of "tight" in the bowl & that really helped to loosen it up a bit. Next time, I might also add peas & I would probably triple or quadruple the recipe so that we could have some leftovers! Hubby gobbled it up!"

jodil User ID: 1622268 158099
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2009

"Loved this!! I doubled it and added chicken. I had to go easy on the red pepper because of my kids, but I know I would love it with the amount called for in the recipe."

dbbenson User ID: 252369 174390
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2009

"Great recipe, after making it accoring to the recipe as a side dish, the very next day I doubled the recipe and tossed in some penne pasta and grilled chicken. This ones a keeper!"

kegs1 User ID: 4054518 94021
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

"OMG - we started out cooking this as a side dish for 2 - just like the recipe says. Change my mind while cooking, and wound up tripling the recipe, and served it as a main dish for 2, with bread & a salad on the side. VERY, VERY, yummy. It's a keeper."

amygewecke1 User ID: 2459401 101500
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2009

"This was a great recipe - my family really enjoyed it. I tripled it so we'd have enough for our family of four plus leftovers. I added a little more garlic than was called for but it still worked out OK. Thanks!"

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