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Bow Tie Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce and Chicken

This Mushroom Cream Sauce is a flavorful, creamy sauce with white wine, tender sauteed chicken, and wilted spinach tossed in bow tie pasta spiced up with a little cayenne pepper.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bowtie pasta, Chicken pasta, cream sauce, mushroom cream sauce, pasta cream sauce, pasta dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 1140kcal
Author: Lisa Brown


  • 1 lb bowtie pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp sliced garlic
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • 10 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup fresh shredded parmesan
  • 1 ½ cups chopped spinach
  • 2-3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • Red pepper flakes, if desired.


  • In a large pot, boil dried bowtie pasta according to package directions. This can be done while the other ingredients are being worked on.
  • Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap. Hammer flat with the flat side of meat tenderizer until chicken is one uniformed thickness, about ½ inch. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in large saute pan over medium heat. I used a large enamel cast iron. Cook chicken for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until chicken is done all the way through. Remove from pan, cover, and set aside.
  • In the same pan, melt butter. Saute sliced garlic for about 2 minutes.
  • Add white wine and deglaze the pan. Let simmer for a few moments while you scrape up any bits stuck to the pan and mix the contents.
  • Add sliced mushrooms. Reduce heat and let simmer in the sauce for about 8 minutes or until the wine reduces down by at least half. Add heavy cream and cayenne pepper. Bring to low boil, stirring frequently with a whisk. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until sauce is thickened. Mix in parmesan. Add chopped spinach and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  • Monitor sauce by tasting frequently. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne as your tastes prefer.
  • Chop chicken into little strips about 1 inch long, ½ in wide, or whatever size you prefer.
  • Toss cooked bowtie pasta into sauce. Coat well. Add chicken.
  • Top with red pepper flakes if preferred. Serve with a side of garlic bread and enjoy!


Calories: 1140kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 1140mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3352IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 3mg