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Lemon-Basil Bow Ties

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


  • 4 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 302 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 384mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • lakehousemama
    Jul 17, 2017

    My granddaughters live this pasta. I found it too dry the first time I made it so now I double everything except the padta.

  • hkpepin
    Mar 17, 2017

    So good! I would absolutely add this to the dinner rotation. Everyone ate it, including seconds, and no one complained about the green stuff in it. The flavors were amazing, especially with a little feta. Yum!

  • queenzookie
    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.

  • Veronica
    Jul 15, 2015

    Light and refreshing.

  • momio
    Jul 5, 2015

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

  • 1618S11AbL
    Jun 23, 2015

    A little bland,

  • slye10001000
    Jun 8, 2013

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

  • J9mom3
    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.

  • ciajo04
    May 31, 2007

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