You don’t have to be Italian to love pasta. Pasta dishes are enjoyed around the world either only with some sauce on top or with many ingredients and toppings.
Bow tie pasta is among the most popular types of pasta and this article has the 23 best bow tie pasta recipes you can make to please the family and guests you have at home year-round.
With recipes for both the cold and warm days and nights, you have everything you need here, so keep reading below and save those recipes for your next meal!
1. Broccoli, Grape, And Pasta Salad
When the summer sun burns and the temperature rises, the last thing you want is to eat another hot dish. Thankfully, pasta can be enjoyed cold too (see also ‘23 Recipes For Cold Pasta Dishes To Make At Home‘).
This broccoli, grape, and pasta salad goes beyond the traditional cold pasta salads made with simple ingredients like mayonnaise and corn.
With a rich sauce made with low- or non-fat Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, and agave syrup, this salad becomes even healthier and refreshing thanks to the broccoli and grapes added to it.
Add some pecans and slices of bacon to the mix and enjoy it in your backyard with a mojito!
2. Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad
With so many fruits available to try, you don’t have to stick to grapes for a refreshing bow-tie pasta salad.
Strawberries are another great match and since they are a spring fruit, you can make this pasta salad even in April or May using fresh strawberries.
Once you have drained the cooked pasta under cold water, you can add them to the spinach, strawberries, avocado, green onions, poppy seeds, and balsamic vinaigrette mix you have made and refrigerated beforehand.
3. Summer Pasta Salad With Pineapple
We bet you’ve never tried this salad before. Bow tie pasta, red bell pepper, cucumber, onion, olives, pineapple, and fresh basil are assembled in a big bowl before adding the dressing sauce.
What’s the sauce made of? Mayonnaise and olive oil are combined with dried Italian herbs, salt and pepper, garlic, and pineapple juice!
Creamy and flavorful, this is another cold bow tie pasta salad that is extremely refreshing and perfect for a summer day or night!
4. One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet
Bow tie pasta meets the turkey sausage in a cheesy skillet recipe that’s full of taste.
To make this pasta skillet, you first need to sauté the onion, garlic, and sausage until brown. After adding the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, milk, bow tie pasta, and seasoning to the skillet, you cook them all together.
Once the pasta is cooked, add the cheese, garnish with scallions, and enjoy!
5. Avocado Bow Tie Pasta Salad
If you are short on time and want to make a delicious pasta salad, this avocado bow tie pasta salad is the one you should go for.
All you need to do is cook the pasta – go for whole grain as required in the recipe, if possible – drain it under cold water and then mix it with the chopped cucumber, lettuce, and tomato. Mash the avocado, add some salt and pepper and add it to the mix.
This salad can be ready in less than 15 minutes and tastes amazing!
6. Creamy Bow Tie Pasta With Prosciutto And Peas
8 ingredients are all you need to make this creamy bow tie pasta dish and treat your family and friends on a weekend afternoon or an evening.
Sauteed bell peppers and prosciutto are seasoned and mixed with heavy cream that is then simmered until thick.
Peas, bow tie pasta, and parmesan cheese are then added to the mix and cooked according to the instructions in this recipe.
Served with a side salad and a glass of wine, this dish is creamy and dreamy!
7. Bowtie Chicken Caesar Salad
If your kids have invited their friends over and you want to cook a big batch of food to feed everyone, then this bow tie chicken Caesar salad is the answer to your ‘problem’!
You can add as much pasta as you want, and then mix it in a bowl with some cooked chicken and the rest of the ingredients needed to make the iconic Caesar’s salad.
If you don’t have time to cook the chicken, you can add some store-bought cooked chicken and get this salad ready in no time.
8. Fried Bow Tie Pasta
Have you ever tried making crispy pasta? This recipe for fried bow tie pasta makes the crispiest and tastiest fried pasta ever!
To make this dish, you first need to cook the pasta and then cover it with flour. You then add them to a mixture of egg, heavy cream, and water before tossing them in a mix of breadcrumbs and Cajun seasoning.
Fry them until golden and crisp and serve with marinara sauce.
9. BLT Pasta Salad
We have all tried a BLT sandwich at least once in our lives, and if not, we at least know what it is. Toasted bread slices with a mayonnaise spread and with lettuce, tomato slices, and bacon in between.
In this version of a BLT, we have a BLT pasta salad that has all the classic ingredients of a BLT sandwich but instead of bread, it uses bow tie pasta.
What makes the salad even tastier is the ranch dressing and barbecue sauce added instead of the plain mayonnaise.
10. Bow Tie Carbonara Pasta
Carbonara is a quintessential Italian dish that is cherished around the world. Delicate, wholesome, and comforting, it can be enjoyed in Michelin-star restaurants or even at home.
With this bow-tie carbonara pasta recipe, you can make a dreamy carbonara at home with no hustle. Just follow the instructions carefully to make sure that you will get the right consistency and result!
11. Coriander Pesto Bow Tie Pasta
Coriander for the Europeans, cilantro for the Americans. No matter what you call it, this leafy green ingredient can turn a simple pesto pasta dish into a herby masterpiece.
With only 7 ingredients required, this bow tie pasta recipe is healthy and full of nutrients and good fats thanks to the pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and coriander needed to make the homemade pesto.
With a cooking time of 15 minutes and another 5 minutes spent preparing the sauce, this ‘green’ meal is perfect for vegetarians and vegans.
12. Chicken Bruschetta Pasta
Delicate chicken breast cut in cubes and bow-tie pasta in a rich tomato sauce – this simple yet delicious chicken bruschetta pasta is a must.
What makes this bow tie pasta dish so special is the thick syrup that’s added to the tomato sauce.
With only two ingredients needed to make it – vinegar and sugar – it gives this dish a tangy and sweet flavor like no other.
Easy to make and ready in an hour, all you need to do to make this is follow this recipe from Diet Hood.
13. Bow-Tie Pasta With Sausage, Mushrooms, And Zucchini
Sauteed Polish sausage, mushrooms, and zucchini are covered in a garlicky tomato sauce and then mixed with the bow tie pasta.
This pasta recipe is so easy to make that you will be amazed by how delicious it also is.
Try to find some traditional Polish sausages as noted in the recipe, but if you do not have a Polish store nearby or want to make this meal healthier, go for some low-fat turkey sausages.
14. Baked Feta And Bow-Tie Pasta
The viral TikTok trend that got everyone loving the combination of pasta and feta cheese can be made with many kinds of pasta, and bow-tie pasta is no exception!
With Italian seasonings, salt, pepper, and garlic, the pasta feta and cherry tomatoes you need to make this recipe are so rich in taste that you will not want to eat another meal for weeks.
This pasta recipe is so easy to make that you could see it in a 20-second TikTok video, and it only takes 30 minutes (including baking time) to enjoy it on a plate!
15. Easy Greek Bowtie Pasta Salad
If you find the TikTok pasta bake too easy or boring, then try this Greek bow tie pasta salad for extra flavors and taste.
Ready in 20 minutes, what you need to make it is some bell peppers, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, pepperoncini, and grape tomatoes.
With a homemade Greek dressing made with basil, oregano, lemon juice, and many other ingredients, this salad is best eaten cold or at room temperature.
16. Slow Cooker Pizza And Pasta Soup
There’s probably no person on this earth who wouldn’t eat pizza regularly if they could, but what if we told you that you can enjoy a regular Margherita pizza one day and a slow cooker pizza and pasta soup the next?
With this recipe, you can turn pizza into a healthy pasta soup version that tastes just like pizza… but in a bowl!
Beef, pepperoni, black olives, marinara sauce, mushrooms, pasta; everything that you’d wish for in a pizza soup is there. Serve it with some mozzarella cheese on top and you’ve got heaven in a bowl.
17. Smoked Trout And Snap Pea Pasta Salad
If you are open to new flavors and weird combinations, then this recipe should become your next pasta meal.
Bow tie pasta, sugar snap peas, and smoked trout – use other kinds of smoked fish if you want – are mixed in a bowl with a tangy and sour dressing.
While you can skip the garnishes, adding some freshly cut dill and scallions on top before serving will make this dish even tastier. With so many flavors and different textures, you will cherish every bite of yours!
18. Pepper Jack Chicken Mac And Cheese Recipe
For a cold winter night, this mac and cheese is another comfort food idea you should definitely try.
Just like any other mac and cheese dish, it is very easy to make, while the addition of chicken can turn this meal into a high-protein one.
If you are on a diet, you can always switch the heavy whipping cream and butter for their low-fat versions and enjoy this mac and cheese meal guilt-free!
19. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta With Chicken
For those that love pasta dressed in white sauce, this cheesy and creamy pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and chicken is simply perfect.
What makes the sauce so special is the garlicky essence it has and its thickness.
Made with simple ingredients like butter, flour, and milk, the addition of mozzarella cheese and the garnish of parmesan on top before serving to make this meal a cheesy pleasure!
20. Cajun Shrimp Bow Tie Pasta With Lemon Cream Sauce
While the recipe calls for 16 ounces of jumbo shrimp, you can always go for more. Cooked in butter, lemon juice, and Cajun seasoning, the shrimp is then mixed with the pasta in a creamy lemon sauce that tastes like no other.
Served with some mozzarella cheese, this bow tie pasta dish is perfect for any season and any occasion.
And if you are not a fan of shrimp, try replacing it with some lobster or go for the meaty versions; ground beef, pork, steak, and even chicken will do the work!
21. Tahini And Broccoli Bow Tie Pasta
Healthy and nutrient-rich, this bow tie pasta meal is made with simple ingredients you can find in your pantry and fridge.
Fresh broccoli florets and herbs, tahini sauce, and bow tie pasta are the main ingredients you need to prepare this pasta dish.
Ready in less than 30 minutes, it can keep you full for many hours. As for the tahini sauce, you can add as much or as little as you wish!
22. Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
Alfredo pasta in a baked version might be the dream of many people and this recipe made it come true.
With mushrooms, spinach, and chicken, this meal is rich in protein and fiber. As for its taste, the alfredo sauce, Italian seasoning, and mix of cheeses make it simply irresistible!
Bake for approximately half an hour and serve it warm with a side salad.
23. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
For anyone who loves pickles, this recipe is the best way to add them to a pasta salad.
Dill pickles, cheddar cheese, green onions, and bow tie pasta are covered with a creamy salad dressing made with mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, vinegar, and dill pickle juice.
If you want to add some protein to this dish, go for some shredded chicken or add a couple of boiled eggs on top.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Bowtie Pasta Used For?
Farfalle is also called ‘bow tie pasta’ because of its shape. This versatile pasta works great with a light base (olive oil, butter) as well as rich sauces (cream, tomato, pesto), and can taste great in salads.
It can be used as dressing for your bowl of stir-fried veggies/meat.
The Bottom Line
Take that package of bow tie pasta out of the pantry and start cooking your favorite recipe from the ones we have on this list. No matter which one you choose, we bet you and the family will love it!
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