Far out! Farfalle!

by | Nov 13, 2008

Welcome, class, to today’s Fresh Pick: FARFALLE

Farfalle [fahr-FAH-lay], named after the Italian word for and made in the shape of butterflies, are also known as “bowtie” pasta.

Dating back to the 1500s, farfalle originated in Lombardia and Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. The farfalle are formed from a square of pasta with two sides trimmed in a ruffled edge, and the center pinched together to make the butterfly or bowtie shape. Different colors/flavors are often available, such as plain, tomato & spinach. A larger variation of farfalle is known as “farfallone.” Served hot, they are good with simple olive oil, butter, tomato and cheese-based sauces. Served cold, they are perfect for pasta salads.

For some great recipes, click here or here or try this simple salad:

1 pound farfalle pasta, cooked, drained, and cooled
1 bottle savory salad dressing (like Italian, balsamic, or Caesar)

Dump pasta in a big bowl, dump salad dressing on top, toss and serve.


I’m Dina R. D’Alessandro, MS, RDN, CDN. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in New York City, and I provide nutrition counseling to women.

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