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Pasta with Cream Sauce Recipe

Pasta with Cream Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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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."

asnunez User ID: 2408742 210010
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I used Land 'O Lakes Fat-Free Half & Half in it and it was just fine. After Lent is over, I'm going to try it with chicken or perhaps some steamed shrimp--Yummy!"

Eagle00072 User ID: 1099077 158025
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"Outstanding dish and will be making over and over again. It was quick and easy and is very versitloe that can be modified adding different vegetables. Those concerned with the fat content of the heavy cream could use half and half. IWe are vvery conscious about things like this too. But as long as eating is in moderation the good stuff should be of no concern."

donnarmatter User ID: 1717692 174957
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010


DCKuhn User ID: 714537 210009
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"I kept out a couple handfuls of noodels to make it saucier. This is one of the best pasta recipes I've tried in a long time! Also, I used dried herbs & it worked out just great."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 89421
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"ITs a fast and easy dinner recipe/ Very enjoyable, I used milk instead of heavy cream still tasty and alot less fat. (Ill use cream next time, I just didnt have any!)"

mguld User ID: 3567840 107184
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"The recipe sound fantastic, but I'm concerned about using 1 cup of heavy cream, since we're trying to cut back on calories. Would it be just as tasty using fat-free half-n-half?"

myrtis User ID: 1500274 176312
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"Great lenton dish"

Nancelah User ID: 4888086 105365
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"I used vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth to keep this dish vegetarian. Next time i'm going to add some roasted red peppers (drained and chopped) and increase the basil a bit."

Darlene1679 User ID: 3521440 210008
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"I have made this recipe several times. For a change I used frozen tortellini in place of the box tie pasta. Fantastic! It's great served with chicken or pork entrees and a fruit salad. YUM......."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 210007
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"Bow tie pasta is a favourite in our home and cream sauce is also a favourite. This pasta goes together so nicely, it's a keeper for sure, and one we'll be making many more times."

ncnanny77 User ID: 4200432 176310
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"I add veggies, such as frozen peas and corn. Use less pasta and different kinds of pasta. Delicious"

soon2b3 User ID: 3684516 105364
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

"We make this recipe all the time, it is delicious! I originally put the sauce over plain pasta, but now my family loves it tossed with mushroom ravioli. This is a much requested family favorite!!!"

yumyum2 User ID: 3549637 210006
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2009

"The Everyday Italian lady says to add a little pasta water to thin out and incoorporate the sauce into the pasta.  I watched her in a video and it really worked nicely."

bakerer User ID: 3908437 176308
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2009

"This recipe has become one of my favorite side dishes, and it's a staple when my husband and I grill's wonderful with grilled steaks!"

angelawati User ID: 3131954 174926
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2009

"This is a delicious recipe! However, I use half as much pasta as called for, to make a creamier dish."

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 174925
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2009

"This makes a great pasta side dish! I cut the recipe in half to test it out first, and since I'm trying to cut back on fat, I used half and half instead of heavy whipping cream. It turned out delicious!"

nightingale3 User ID: 3387843 174923
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2008

"This is an excellent pasta dish! My grandson, who is 9, absolutely LOVES it, and he's rather finicky! I served it with grilled salmon and glazed carrots. He said "Grandma, that was a million-dollar meal!"

Thanks, Amy, I'm sure I will make it often! Kathy"

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