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Who doesn't love pasta for dinner? It's fast, easy, and pleases almost everyone in the family. But when it's made in one pot, it pleases the home cook even more. Less mess, less dishes, and less cleanup—who's in?! This bow tie pasta recipe covers all those bases, plus it's delicious. With Italian sausage, broccoli, a creamy sauce, and plenty of parmesan cheese, it's one of the best weeknight 30-minute meals. Make it for dinner tonight!
What do you need to make bow tie pasta?
This easy weeknight recipe uses several ingredients you likely already have in your pantry or fridge. There's pasta, chicken broth, heavy cream, garlic, lemon, and spices. You'll also need some Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and broccoli. Rest assured, it comes together in a snap and is loved by folks of all ages.
What is bow tie pasta called?
You may also find bow tie pasta packaged and labelled as "farfalle." This is the Italian word for "butterfly," which inspired the shape of the pasta.
What is farfalle pasta used for?
Farfalle pasta is extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of pasta dishes, salads, and soups. It is excellent boiled and sauced with a simple marinara or ground meat spaghetti sauce. Its shape catches all the goodness of the herbs, veggies, and cheese in pasta salad. And it's the perfect bite-sized addition to an Italian-style soup like pasta fagioli.
What is a good substitute for farfalle pasta?
Short, bite-sized pastas such as shells, orecchiette, mini penne, or mezzi ("half") rigatoni all make excellent substitutes for farfalle or bow tie pasta.
How do you cook farfalle pasta?
Farfalle pasta can be simply boiled and sauced, like in spaghetti and meatballs, or can even be cooked and then baked into baked ziti! For this recipe, bow tie pasta is cooked using the one-pot method. Start by browning sausage in a large pot. Once browned, remove it from the pot and reserve it on a plate. Add garlic and cook briefly to season the remaining cooking oil. Then, add the pasta, chicken broth, water, salt, pepper and oregano all at once, to make a flavorful cooking liquid. Stir the pasta occasionally while it simmers in this liquid. The moisture and steam will cook the pasta, while the starch that release from the bowties will thicken the sauce. No need to boil noodles in a separate pot!
What can you serve with bow tie pasta?
The beauty of this pasta dish is that it's an all-in-one meal! There's Italian sausage for protein, broccoli for a little something green, and plenty of carbs and cheesy goodness for everything else. However, if you're serving this to guests or just want to round out the meal, bread and pasta are a match made in heaven. Ree's quick-fix Garlic Cheese Bread that starts with store-bought French bread is an easy option for busy weeknights. If time permits, cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread is impressive and so delicious. Throw in a fresh salad and dinner is served!
- 4 - 6 serving(s)
- Prep Time:
- 10 mins
- Total Time:
- 30 mins
- 2 tbsp.
- 1 lb.
mild Italian pork sausage, casing removed
cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 lb.
bow tie pasta
- 3 c.
- 1 tsp.
- 1 tsp.
- 1/2 tsp.
ground black pepper
- 4 c.
small broccoli florets (from 1 8-oz. piece of broccoli)
- 1/2 c.
julienned sun-dried tomatoes, drained of oil
- 1/3 c.
- 1/2 c.
grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- 2 tbsp.
fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
Red chili flakes, for serving (optional)
- Nutrition Information
- Per Serving (Serves 6)
- Calories701 Fat34 gSaturated fat12 gTrans fat0 gCholesterol83 mgSodium932 mgCarbohydrates64 gFiber3 gSugar7 gProtein31 gVitamin D1 mcgCalcium210 mgIron3 mgPotassium835 mg
- Note: The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.Powered by
- Step 1Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then the sausage. Cook, breaking the sausage into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until it is golden brown and no longer pink, about 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the sausage to a plate and set aside.
- Step 2Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic cloves. Cook for 1 minute.
- Step 3Add the pasta, broth, 2 cups of water, oregano, salt, and pepper to the pot and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium or medium low to keep it simmering for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Step 4Stir in the broccoli. Cover the pot and let cook until the pasta and broccoli are just tender, about 5 minutes, stirring half-way through.
- Step 5Uncover the pot. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, heavy cream, and reserved sausage. Cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
- Step 6Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Serve topped with more parmesan cheese and red chili flakes, if you like.
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