This is a quick easy recipe using any shape pasta, cream (or half-and-half), garlic, butter, and Parmesan cheese. It is very satisfying and the kids love it! Can add cut up veggies or diced chicken or ham to make more of a complete meal.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook bow-tie pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain and return pasta to pot.

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  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; add cream and garlic cloves. Simmer until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and discard garlic cloves. Stir cream sauce into bow-tie pasta; season with black pepper. Add Parmesan cheese; toss until cheese melts.

Cook's Note:

If using canned Parmesan cheese (green can), you need to use cream in the sauce. If you use regular milk, the Parmesan will clump together into one piece.

Nutrition Facts

467 calories; protein 12.4g 25% DV; carbohydrates 42.7g 14% DV; fat 28.3g 44% DV; cholesterol 90.3mg 30% DV; sodium 227.4mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2013
I knew I was sticking my neck out tonight when I made this, knowing Hubs doesn’t like Alfredo sauce. “You know,” he said while we were eating supper, “I usually don’t like Alfredo sauce, but I like THIS.” How ‘bout that. Must have been because I prettied it up with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley. Note: Be sure to reserve some of the pasta cooking water. Add it to the finished pasta as necessary to keep the sauce creamy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2018
Quick and easy to make but very bland. A good meal for the kids as they loved it. Also be prepared to mix the parmesan for a long time until it's completely incorporated. Next time (since it's already been requested a second time) I will add minced garlic to the sauce and top with fresh parsley. Read More
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28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2013
I knew I was sticking my neck out tonight when I made this, knowing Hubs doesn’t like Alfredo sauce. “You know,” he said while we were eating supper, “I usually don’t like Alfredo sauce, but I like THIS.” How ‘bout that. Must have been because I prettied it up with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley. Note: Be sure to reserve some of the pasta cooking water. Add it to the finished pasta as necessary to keep the sauce creamy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2013
This also works with half-n-half or evaporated milk, if you don't have whipping cream on hand. I like to saute the garlic in the butter before making the sauce for the alfredo. This is one of our favorite pasta dishes--great base for chicken/shrimp/sausage alfredo. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2013
This is sooo Good! my whole family loved it! my little brothers LOVED it most! i didn't have heavey whipping cream so i used whole milk!turned out great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2013
This is an easy, tasty way to get a side dish ready in minutes---at least for me, since I have these ingredients on hand all the time. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2013
My daughter and I made this for a late night dinner. It was easy to fix. I made the sauce in a frying pan and added in the Parmesan which I upped to 3 cups from 2. I used minced garlic from a jar instead of the cloves. I also doubled the recipe. Next time I'm thinking of adding either chunks of chicken or pork. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2015
I've made this without a recipe quite a few times for a quick kid meal and to get rid of leftover pasta. I always use the canned parmesan and all the ingredients listed, except I use onion powder and not fresh garlic. I like the idea of the garlic and a lot of the ideas from the reviews. I think I'll try the garlic, add some shrimp, and have a nice "adult" meal with this recipe. I almost forgot to mention that I make this in the microwave by putting all ingredients in a bowl and heat on high a little at a time, stirring each time until its all melted together. So quick and easy for the kids. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2013
Rich delicious and so easy! We loved this. Will be making again soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2013
Simply amazing. Will be adding this to the rotation. I used minced fresh garlic and just left them in the sauce and also melted the cheese in the sauce before adding it to the noodles as the cheese was coming out of the freezer and I didn't think just tossing it with the half and half and pasta would melt it as nicely. My daughter had thirds which is always a good deal. I did use the measurements as stated above though Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2018
Quick and easy to make but very bland. A good meal for the kids as they loved it. Also be prepared to mix the parmesan for a long time until it's completely incorporated. Next time (since it's already been requested a second time) I will add minced garlic to the sauce and top with fresh parsley. Read More
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