What is Farfalle?

Farfalle pasta
Farfalle pasta. Photo © Lew Robertson / Getty Images

In the culinary arts, the word farfalle (pronounced "far-FALL-ay") refers to a type of pasta is shaped like little butterflies or bow-ties. Indeed, the word "farfalle" means "butterflies" in Italian.

Farfalle is made by cutting fresh pasta into small rectangles and then pinching the centers together to form the bow-tie shape.

Farfalle recipes often feature creamy sauces, like this creamy mushroom sauce, fresh tomato sauces or sauces featuring cheeses such as this alfredo sauce.

Farfalle is sometimes served with grilled chicken.

Farfalle is the traditional pasta used in making the classic Eastern European dish kasha varnishkes. Kasha varnishkes is made by sautéeing onions and mushrooms in chicken fat and simmering buckwheat groats (also known as kasha) until tender. The farfalle pasta is then mixed with the onion-mushroom mixture and the cooked kasha and then seasoned and garnished with chopped parsley.

More Farfalle Recipes

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