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Basil Cheese Butterfly Pasta

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Kids love pasta, especially when it is shaped like fun "butterflies." The lemon and basil pairs with Parmesan cheese to transform plain pasta into something totally different and kid-approved! —Lauren Reiff, East Earl, Pennsylvania


  • 3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and set aside.
  2. In the same saucepan, saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Stir in the lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper. Return pasta to the pan. Add cheese and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 275 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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