Creamy Bow Tie Pasta Recipe [VIDEO]

by Tatiana
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Creamy Bow Tie Pasta is about creaminess, earthy notes, and elegance. The beautiful shape of the pasta is appealing and the dish is as much a pleasure to the palate as it is to the eye. 

Why is bow tie pasta so popular? In my kitchen, this shape of pasta enjoys popularity because of its catchy shape, especially with my kids. Besides that, it looks somehow romantic. Moreover, the original name of the pasta is “farfalle” in Italian, which means butterflies. Isn’t it a romantic and playful name for pasta? It’s when the shape and the name perfectly complement each other and resonate. The farfalle can be served with butter only and they’re already perfect. Now imagine how flawless the bow tie pasta is when cooked in a creamy mushrooms sauce. Earthy notes of the brown mushrooms combined with the velvety heavy cream, and spiced with garlic – isn’t it mesmerizingly tasty?

bow tie pasta recipe

On top of everything, the bow tie pasta soaks up just the right amount of sauce due to its corrugated shape. In conclusion, grab the ingredients, and let’s get to cooking a beautiful and delicious bow tie pasta recipe with mushrooms.

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How to cook the mushrooms?

To make the creamy sauce, start by sautéing the mushrooms. Clean the champignons with a clean cloth or paper towel and slice them thinly. Use a cutting board to ease up the process. Then, heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. while the oil is getting to the right temperature, peel and crush a few cloves of garlic. Add the garlic cloves to the pan and let them cook for some seconds.

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Add the sliced mushrooms to the frying pan and mix using a silicone spatula. Season with salt, ground pepper, and some granulated garlic to intensify the aroma. Stir from time to time. Do not cover the pan with a lid, let the juices evaporate so that the mushrooms get nicely brown. In about 5 minutes the mushrooms are cooked properly.

At this point its’ time to move on to the next cooking step.

How to cook the creamy sauce for bow tie pasta?

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Once the mushrooms are cooked, pour in the heavy cream. Mix with a spatula and taste, you might wish to add a bit of salt to balance the sweetness of the heavy cream. Also, feel free to add any other spices you like. Also, if the sauce looks too thick, pour 1/3 cup of water or, some of your favorite white wine. Or, add a pinch of grated nutmeg for a more earthy taste.

For a creamier consistency, add freshly shredded parmesan to the pot and mix again. The good news is that you can play with the ingredients to get to the taste you’re crazy about. Let everything simmer for a couple of minutes then turn off the stove. The bow tie pasta is almost ready, let’s get through the last part.

How to cook bow tie pasta?

bow tie pasta recipe

If there’s something very simple to cook, then that’s the pasta. The package instructions are very accurate and all you need to do is follow them.

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Just fill a pot with cold water, put the pot on the stove on medium heat. Salt the water with 1 teaspoon of salt and cover with a lid. When the water reaches the boiling point, add the bow tie pasta to it. Mix well and wait for as long as it’s advised.

bow tie pasta recipe

When the boiling time expires, turn off the flame/heat. Do not drain the pasta in a colander. Instead, use a strainer spoon, a skimmer spoon, or even kitchen tongs to take out the pasta from the water and transfer it directly to the pan with the mushroom creamy sauce. The extra moist will avoid the pasta getting too thick and sticky. It is a little secret that makes all my pasta dishes a delight! The creamy bow tie pasta recipe with mushrooms is done! Wasn’t that simple? Now it’s time to try and check if everything I promised this dish would be, actually is.

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How to serve creamy bow tie pasta with mushrooms?

Serve the pasta as soon as it is ready. Sprinkle some shredded parmesan on top and some freshly chopped parsley and enjoy every single creamy bow tie. To make this gastronomic experience even more pleasant, pour a glass of your favorite white wine and sip to complement the taste of the bow tie pasta. Fall in love with this taste just like I did.

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bow tie pasta recipe

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta Recipe

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta is about creaminess, earthy notes, and elegance. The beautiful shape of the pasta is appealing and the dish is as much a pleasure to the palate as it is to the eye. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Vegetarian
Servings 6 people
Calories 471 kcal


  • 16 oz pasta bow tie pasta
  • 8 oz heavy cream
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup white wine optional
  • 1/3 cup water pasta water
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped


  • Put water to boil, salt, and cover with lid
  • Peel and crush the garlic cloves
  • Clean and slice the mushrooms thinly
  • In a pan, heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil
  • Brown the garlic then add the mushrooms
  • Season with spices and mix
  • Cook without a lid until all the liquids have evaporated
  • Pour the heavy cream and mix again
  • Add the grated parmesan and stir
  • If the sauce is too thick, pour wine or pasta water
  • Season with salt if needed
  • Cook for about 5 minutes on low heat, then turn off the stove
  • Boil pasta according to the package instructions
  • Use a strainer spoon to transfer pasta from water to the sauce
  • Mix and sprinkle some extra grated parmesan on top
  • Serve with pleasure


Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 15gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 538mgPotassium: 357mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 686IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 1mg
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