Johnny Carino Bowtie Festival is an irresistible dish. You can find Johnny Carino restaurants in many large cities. This dish features bacon, fresh vegetables, and chicken, all tossed in a creamy alfredo sauce.
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Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant
Do you love great Italian food? If you are lucky you may live near a Carinos Italian restaurant. They serve up flavorful fresh-made Italian food every day. Headquartered in Austin, Texas there are about 70 restaurants in the United States. If you don’t live near one, you should try going to one as soon as you can.
What is Bowtie Festival?
One of Johnny Carino’s most popular dishes is the Bowtie Festival. You might wonder why it is called that. It’s filled with pasta, grilled chicken, bacon, and a creamy tomato sauce – a festival for the mouth!
What’s not to love about crisp bacon and grilled chicken? Best of all you can recreate this dish at home in no time at all.
Even if you aren’t an experienced cook you can make this recipe. You can make it even more flavorful if you use a homemade Alfredo sauce. There are several good jars of Alfredo sauce available if you don’t want to make it from scratch.
This pasta dish is made with common ingredients you may already have in your pantry. You don’t need to go to the store to find exotic ingredients. Here’s what you need:
- Red onion
- Cooked bacon
- Roma tomatoes
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Heavy whipping cream
- Alfredo sauce
- Asiago cheese
- Garlic salt
- Salt and pepper
- Bowtie pasta
How to Make Johnny Carino’s Bowtie Festival
- Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set it aside.
- Cook the chicken if needed. You can boil, bake, or grill it. Cut it into bite-sized pieces.
- In a heated saute pan, combine butter, garlic, onions, bacon, tomatoes, chicken, and spice mixture.
- When onions begin to turn translucent, add heavy cream and Asiago cheese.
- Once cheese and cream have been reduced by half, add Alfredo sauce and cooked pasta.
- Stir until well combined and remove from heat.
- Allow pasta to cool for a few minutes so the cheese and sauce can thicken.
What to Serve with this Bowtie Pasta Dish
To balance out the richness of the Bowtie Festival, serve sides with lighter or contrasting flavors. By offering a fresh salad, crunchy bread, or a tangy vegetable side, you can create a well-rounded meal that satisfies all tastes. Here are some ideas:
- Breadsticks, ciabatta, focaccia, or garlic bread.
- Minestrone or tomato basil soup.
- Mixed green salad with Italian dressing or Caesar salad.
- Vegetables such as roasted asparagus, steamed green beans, or crispy brussels sprouts.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Storing: Allow the pasta to cool to room temperature. Transfer it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freezing is not recommended.
Reheating: You can reheat the pasta in the microwave, covering it loosely and stirring occasionally to ensure even heating. Alternatively, reheat on the stovetop by transferring the pasta and sauce to a saucepan and warming over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Make this Johnny Carino Chicken Bowtie Festival Pasta recipe tonight!
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- One Pot Cheesy Italian Pasta
- Easy Chicken Alfredo Recipe
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- Italian Sausage Pasta
- Spaghettios and Meatballs
- DIY Hamburger Helper Lasagna
- Baked Spaghetti Casserole
- Pasta Rustica Recipe
- Pasta Romana
More Johnny Carino Copycat Recipes
- Pasta with Artichokes and Capers
- Gorgonzola Chicken
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Johnny Carinos Bowtie Festival
- 1 ounce melted butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic chopped
- 1/8 cup diced red onion
- 1/4 cup diced cooked bacon
- 1/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes
- 1 cup sliced, cooked chicken
- 1 ounce heavy (whipping) cream
- 1 jar Ragu Alfredo sauce (I got the Cheesy kind)
- 1/8 cup Asiago cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 10 ounces pre-cooked Bowtie pasta
In a heated sauté pan, combine butter, garlic, onions, bacon, tomatoes, chicken, and spice mixture.
When onions begin to turn translucent, add heavy cream and Asiago cheese.
Once cheese and cream have reduced by half, add Alfredo sauce and bowtie pasta. Toss until well combined and remove from the heat.
Allow the pasta to cool for a few minutes so the cheese and sauce can thicken.