Do people say bow tie pasta because it’s easier to say than farfalle pasta? I love that farfalle means butterfly in Italian. This is one of my favorite pastas to use when making a salad. It’s just so pretty!
I was inspired to create this dish while attending a birthday party. One of the guests arrived with a huge bowl of bow tie pasta. I loved how the mushrooms and spinach danced in between the bow ties. She even brought a side of parmesan cheese with her. That’s a real guest. She made sure that we could have the full flavorful experience.
Her pasta was amazing. After two servings, I had to pull away from the table. I knew that I would come home and make a bow tie pasta salad. No one could tell but, I was going over all of the ingredients in my head. Yes, I was doing this even as the group was singing happy birthday!
You Will Never Guess the Secret to the Bow Tie Pasta Salad
After we all told her a dozen times that we loved her bow tie pasta dish, she finally gave us her secret. You won’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. She said her secret was lime juice. Whoa! I would have never guessed. That citrus just brought everything together and made for one memorable side dish.
What I really love is that bow tie pasta is firm. It holds up well to the spinach and mushrooms. My version also includes red pepper flakes and a little shredded mozzarella cheese. I am looking forward to the next time I make this. I’m already dreaming about adding some sun dried tomatoes.
This bow tie pasta salad was hearty enough to eat alone for dinner. A few slices of toasted baguette with a drizzle of olive oil and I was happy. I hope you try it for yourself and make a little of your own happiness.
Bow Tie Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms
- 1 box or 16 oz of Farfalle (Bow Tie Pasta)
- 2 cups cooked and sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup chopped spinach
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbs lime juice
- 1 tbs red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- Cook your pasta according to directions
- Prepare your mushrooms by wiping them off with a damp cloth. Remove stems and slice.
- Add water to a fry pan or skillet and sauteé your mushrooms until done
- In a large bowl, add cooked pasta, mushrooms, chopped spinach, cheese, salt, pepper, lime juice and olive oil.
- Toss well. Add red pepper flakes and toss again. Serve at room temperature.
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