I love to eat pasta. I’m a pasta nut. I love the many different kinds of sauces I can make to go on it. And best of all; everybody in my family likes it too. It is sometimes hard to get little kids to like a new recipe. But if you feed them bowtie pasta, with this cheesy sauce, they will love it, I promise! I had my grandkids living with me for 2 months while their new house was being built, and they all loved it! And they were ages 7, 6 and 2. Farfalle Pasta with Lemon Garlic Alfredo Sauce
This dish has a light alfredo sauce with a hint of lemon. I usually put either spinach or broccoli florets in it with tomato and top it with Parmesan cheese. It is pretty easy and takes about 15 minutes total.
I add carrots, chicken, tomatoes and spinach to my Farfalle Pasta with Lemon Garlic Alfredo Sauce.
DIRECTIONS FOR PASTA WITH LEMON-GARLIC ALFREDO SAUCE
Boil your favorite kind of pasta in salted water. I usually throw the 2 chicken breasts in first and boil them if I don’t have any grilled or rotisserie chicken. Boil the chicken for 6 minutes or so and cut them in fourths halfway through boiling, to be sure they cook through. Then add the pasta. I added a cup of baby carrots to mine at the same time. But I steam my broccoli in another pot. Cook until tender.
A good Alfredo Cream sauce has butter, cream and Parmesan Cheese basically.
While that is cooking, mix 1/4 to 1/2 cube of butter with 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup creme. Add a few shakes of Garlic Salt (My favorite is Johnny’s from Costco). Then add 1/4 cup of sour creme. If you like lots of sauce double this. It is kind of evenly 3 parts butter and cream and I usually put in a dollop of sour cream just to make it creamier. Then shake on 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese and about then the pasta should be done. Add some French Bread and a side salad if you have a crowd.
Cut the chicken pieces into bite sized pieces, and then just spoon out the pasta with a large slotted spoon into the bowl with all the cream and cheese. The carrots go in too and then the spinach chopped up. I use just a handfull of spinach, like 1/2 cup. Toss lightly. Add the juice from about 1/3 a lemon. It is about 1 1/4 tablespoons.
Add seasoning salt (Again, I like Johnnys). Add pepper and parsley flakes. Add the steamed broccoli or fresh, chopped spinach last while tossing. It is also good with some additional Parmesan cheese sprinkled over each serving.
INGREDIENTS FOR FARFALLE WITH LEMON GARLIC ALFREDO SAUCE
- A package of your favorite pasta (farfalle, fettucine, etc.) boiled and drained
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/4 cup sour cream (a dollop or two)
- 1 1/4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (plus extra per serving if desired)
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach OR 3/4 cup steamed broccoli florets
- 2 chicken breasts diced up into bite sized pieces
- 1/3 cup of grape tomatoes (put in just before serving)
- 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon Johnny’s garlic seasoning (shake some on and then taste)
- A few shakes of parsley flakes for color Pepper to taste
It is a full meal and if you want less calories just skimp on the sauce or water it down with milk instead of sour cream. It is yummy and filling. I serve it with french bread and fruit. It is one of our family’s favorites.
Pasta with Lemon Garlic Alfredo Sauce is a great weeknight meal.