Copycat Johnny Carino’s Bowtie Festival

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Copycat Johnny Carino's Bowtie Festival - Al dente bowtie pasta tossed with bacon, tomatoes, onions, and a creamy sauce. This is a Johnny Carino's copycat favorite!

I’ve worked at Johnny Carino’s for nearly 10 years and I’m still not sick of the food. Everything I’ve eaten there I’ve loved. One of the most popular dishes at the restaurant is the Bowtie Festival. And I was absolutely thrilled when a friend of mine introduced me to a recipe that tasted just like it! I could have cried. From that we came up with this copycat version that makes me feel like I’m enjoying it at the restaurant. It tastes so much like the original! You’ll definitely want to pin this one!
Copycat Johnny Carino's Bowtie Festival - Al dente bowtie pasta tossed with bacon, tomatoes, onions, and a creamy sauce. This is a Johnny Carino's copycat favorite!
Copycat Johnny Carino's Bowtie Festival - Al dente bowtie pasta tossed with bacon, tomatoes, onions, and a creamy sauce. This is a Johnny Carino's copycat favorite!
Copycat Johnny Carino's Bowtie Festival

Ingredients

  • 10-12oz bowtie pasta
  • 4-6 strips bacon
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 3 c. boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, fresh or minced or garlic powder
  • 1/4 c. red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Tony Creole’s seasoning
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 2-3 Tbsp flour

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. While pasta is cooking, place bacon in a saute pan and cook. Remove from pan and pat dry on a paper towel; set aside.
  3. Add the chicken to the same saute pan to cook. Add garlic and onions; mix together. When the chicken is cooked, add the tomatoes and bacon and combine.
  4. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and rinse with cool water. Put the pasta back in the pot. and pour the chicken mixture in with it; stir.
  5. Add chicken broth and heavy cream to the mixture. Stir together and add Tony Creole’s seasoning, plus a little extra garlic.
  6. Stir together well and heat. Add flour to thicken the sauce. Start with 2 Tbsp and if it isn't thick enough add one more. Serve and enjoy!
http://www.cupcakediariesblog.com/2010/09/bowtie-festival.html
recipe adapted from Megan Lavin
 
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Comments

    • Alli says

      Tony’s creole seasoning is a cajun seasoning. You can make your own with common spices. Here’s a recipe! 2 teaspoons paprika
      2 teaspoons garlic powder
      1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      1 teaspoon dried oregano
      1 teaspoon dried thyme
      1 teaspoon coarse salt
      1 teaspoon ground black pepper
      1 teaspoon onion powder

    • Alli says

      Hi Julie! Great question. I think as long as you don’t have it on high heat and it’s not in there for a long time you should be ok. Just to avoid the noodles getting too mushy. You could also keep everything but the noodles in the crock pot until you need it and then toss the cooked noodles in right before.

  1. Cece says

    I would love to make this recipe but I do try to watch my calorie intake. Is there any idea how many calories this is?

    • Alli says

      Hi Cece! If you were to give yourself a restaurant sized dish of this pasta it would be around 900 calories. For that reason, when I make this recipe I usually measure out about a cup and eat it with a side salad.

  2. says

    I have never made a comment about a recipe before but this was SO good , I had to say something. I made this last night and we loved it! The recipe tasted just like the restaurant entree. This will be repeated probably too often. Bowtie Festival was the dish we ordered most when we dined at Carino’s. HAHA now we can have it anytime.

    • Alli says

      Thank you so much for your comment! It made my day. I’m so happy that you not only loved the recipe, but that you think it tastes like the original. Happy day!!! Thank you again!

    • Alli says

      Hi TJ, thank you for the question! After adding that first 2 Tbsp of flour you can add more to thicken the sauce as you like. Just give it enough time to heat and thicken before adding more flour so you don’t end up adding too much. Does that help?

  3. TJ says

    I added 4tbs flour and it still did not thicken. Maybe I did not heat on high enough or for long enough? How long do you usually heat for?

    • Alli says

      The thickening process can take a little while if you want it relatively thick. If you’ve ever made my copycat Olive Garden alfredo sauce, it takes about 10 minutes for it to get that thick. If you’re wanting it as thick as an alfredo sauce it will probably take about 10 minutes to heat and thicken up. Does that make sense?

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