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Pasta with Cream Sauce

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Cook, uncovered, 8-10 minutes longer or until sauce is reduced to 1-1/4 cups. Drain pasta; toss with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 358 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Corinthian
    Jul 20, 2020

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  • hd4baja
    Jan 15, 2019

    This is SO tasty! Easy to prepare as well! I used 1/2 the amount of the pasta and butter instead of oil. But I will make it again and again!

  • Allyissia
    May 24, 2018

    Super easy recipe! I wanted to use the left over cream and chicken stock I had and this was perfect. The photo did put me off as it didn't look very creamy, however I used half the amount of pasta and it turned out perfectly! Thank you Amy (10 years later LOL!)

  • Orbs
    Feb 7, 2016

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

  • gaylene2
    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
    Jun 3, 2015

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

  • toolbarsco
    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).

  • Simpledais
    Apr 3, 2013

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  • WendyHewitt
    Oct 12, 2012

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

  • Sharldrew13
    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!