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Johnny Carinos Bowtie Festival

Johnny Carinos is known for its delicious Italian food. You can find these restaurants in many large cities.  This dish features bacon, fresh vegetables, and chicken, all tossed in a creamy tomato sauce.

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Johnny Carinos Bowtie Festival

Johnny Carinos Bowtie Festival

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Pasta Reicpes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Johnny Carinos Bowtie Festival

Johnny Carinos Bowtie Festival is a wonderful dish to make for dinner, by starting with a jar of Alfredo sauce you can save time and have dinner in no time.


  • 1 ounce melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic

  • 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 of 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 Noodles


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 fire. Allow pasta to cool for a few minutes so the cheese and sauce can thicken.

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  • Shawn

    This is an excellent recipe, that I’ve used at least 10 times. Everyone absolutely loves it!

    • Stephanie Manley

      Thank you Shawn. I am glad you really enjoy the recipe.

  • TFrance

    Really, really good….tastes just like Johnny Carinos. My family really loved it. Two thumbs up!!!!!

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  • Angela

    We make this all of the time for a nice,quick delicious meal for our family or when we have company….Super easy and so delicious!

  • Sheryl

    I have tried 3 different bowtie festival copycat recipes and this is my least favorite of the three. I only tried this one because I was in a time crunch and this is definitely the least time consuming. Using the ragu sauce ruined it for me though. The other three people I made it for thought it was great, but I have particular taste buds when it comes to sauces and it just didn’t taste like the Johnny Carinos version to me. I won’t be making it again this way.

    • Napoleon B

      I think the that the Alfredo sauce compliments the pasta is amazing. I really do love apples. And spaghetti is superior

  • Cell

    I made this on Valentine’s Day, and my boyfriend and I agreed it tasted exactly like the Carino’s bowtie festival. It was absolutely delicious!

  • Groovymama91

    I don’t know how to cook very well, but this recipe gave me a thumbs up from the whole family. Grilled the chicken, tastes just like going out to the restaurant. Now, just need to try tiramisu.

  • Auntjeanna

    does the recipe really call for just one ounce of heavy cream?

    • Stephanie

      Yes it does.

  • Auntjeanna

    does the recipe really call for just one ounce of heavy cream?

    • Cell

      Yes, and that ounce makes a big difference! I’ve made this recipe myself, and it’s great.

  • Kristaljoysmith

    YUMMM Thanks so much for sharing this!! It was great! I was worried that the canned alfredo sauce wasn’t going to be as good as homeade but it was wonderful…I added extra cream and cheese …haha and even topped it off with artichokes and black olives…SO GOOD!

  • Whisper5_81

    Just tried this tonight and it was delicious! As close to the restaurant as you can get (which is fantastic since the closest johnny carinos is over an hour away from where I live!) Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Jdunn06

    I just love love love this dish!

  • David

    Made it for my wife on Mother’s Day. We loved it!

    • Stephanie

      David, I am so glad that you two enjoyed the recipe!

  • Lisa

    Very good!! I added some frozen peas to the sauce & topped it all off with some scallions—yummy!!

  • SKS

    Johnny Carino’s Bowtie Festival is my usual when I go to JC… I love this dish… The recipe tasted JUST like it and was very easy to make! I’ll definitely make it again. Delicious!

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  • Claudis

    I had this at Johnny Carinos just yesterday and loved it will make it

  • kb

    Definately not a creamy tomato sauce. But a very delicious recipe! I breaded the chicken with crushed bran flakes and corn flakes, mixed with pepper, garlic and a little bit of flour before cooking. It was so good!

  • Anonymous

    its an asiago sauce not a creamy tomoato sauce!

    • None

      Did you read those recipe that said “Alfredo” not Tomato!

      • None

        She did read the recipie. The descirption clearly states tomato. ”

        This dish features bacon, fresh vegetables, and chicken, all tossed in a creamy tomato sauce.”

    • RobesPierre

      Dude. I love when you’re cooking pasta and the oil comes out and burns your cat. lol xDDDDDD 9.5/302

      • Stephanie Manley

        Not sure I understand that at all. No cats were harmed in making this dish at my house.