Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Burrata

The cozy nooks and crannies of bow tie pasta are perfect when tossed with a dreamy pistachio pesto. Opening a ball of burrata on top makes a creamy bow tie pasta recipe you’ll serve all summer long.

white platter of pesto pistachio bow tie pasta with burrata and fresh basil leaves.
Pesto becomes creamy when burrata is mixed in.

You know the expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t break it”? Some people live by that motto and some believe if you can make something even better, it’s worth trying.

The same philosophy can apply to recipes. I’m going out on a limb a bit to say that taking a really good creamy pesto sauce and tossing it with hot bow tie pasta and creamy burrata will have you believing it’s ok to break the unbroken.

Pasta is forgiving like that. And so is pesto.

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The perfect pasta shape

white bowl with brown rim containing uncooked bow tie pasta with fresh thyme nearby.
Bow tie pasta has so many creases perfect for pesto!

Bow tie pasta has a lot going for it. It’s cute, dressy and sassy thanks to that pinking sheared edge. And it’s a complex dried pasta shape because it has:

  • two names! Sometimes you’ll see it referred to as farfalle, which means butterfly in Italian. Butterfly or bow tie…either way they’ll make you smile!
  • lots of folds perfect for a clingy pasta sauce like a fresh pesto.


PRO PASTA TIP

My favorite bow tie pasta is from Barilla because it consistently cooks up perfectly al dente (translated to the tooth).

-Josie + Nina


More recipes for bow tie pasta

Pesto: the best spring and summer pasta sauce

pesto in a white bowl with a muddler on a wooden board

Pesto sauce is one of the best homemade pasta sauces because it can be made in less than 5 minutes. Harvest all that summer basil you’ve grown, make pesto sauce and freeze it in small portions to enjoy all winter long (I’ve got many great tips on how to freeze pesto too😊)!

TIP

Roast lots of extra garlic and refrigerate the cloves covered in olive oil in a sealed jar for approximately 2 weeks.

-Josie + Nina

Pesto is a pasta sauce made by blending basil, nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil together. In Italian, pesto means “to pound,” which refers to the technique used to make it.


Ingredient rundown

In under 20 minutes and a few simple ingredients and you’ll have a quick pasta recipe that’ll become part of your weekday meal rotation.

wooden board with bowl of fresh basil leaves, wedges of parmesan, a knife and plate of shelled pistachios
Only a few ingredients are needed
  • Bow tie pasta
  • Burrata. More on this amazing cheese below!
  • Fresh Pesto. This pistachio pesto recipe is a great place to start. Gather some basil leaves, shelled pistachios, parmesan and olive oil and you’re set!
  • Lemon zest. Love lemon in savory dishes like this lemon bucatini recipe.


Step by step directions for creamy bow tie pasta

pistachio pesto blended in a food processor sitting on a wooden board.
Fresh basil leaves and pistachios are added to food processor
white bowl on a wooden board with pesto and two pats of butter, grated parmesan and a muddler
Pulse the processor 5 times to blend before adding olive oil
white bowl of bow tie pasta with pesto garnished with burrata, lemon and fresh basil
Olive oil added to pesto in a slow stream
  • Follow the pesto recipe by using a food processor, blender or by hand with a mortar and pestle.
  • Muddle in a little butter, parmesan and a little pasta water in with the pesto to thin it out a bit before tossing with hot cooked, bow tie pasta
  • Open up the burrata in the center and allow each guest to scoop their own with their bow tie pasta or mix it all in with the hot bow tie pasta.
  • Sprinkle over some fresh lemon zest for a little color and flavor boost.

Bow tie pasta substitutes

white colander of cooked bowtie pasta and steamer of broccolini and bowls of creamy dressing, chiles and sunflower seeds.

Don’t have bow tie pasta?

Here are some other pasta shapes that make great substitutes for bow tie pasta:

Storage Suggestions

white plate with a fork and pesto bow tie pasta and burrata on top.

Make ahead and storage tips

  • Pesto prep. Make the pesto and store in a sealed, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the pesto to help avoid the pesto darkening from being exposed to the air.
  • Toss with cooked pasta when ready to serve!

Freeze

Pesto can be frozen either in smaller containers (love these 1/2 cup Souper Cubes for pesto!) or ice cube trays for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.


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white platter of pesto pistachio bow tie pasta with burrata and fresh basil leaves.
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Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Burrata

The cozy nooks and crannies of bow tie pasta are perfect when tossed with a dreamy pistachio pesto recipe. Opening a ball of burrata on top makes a creamy bow tie pasta recipe you'll serve all summer long. You can also use this classic pesto recipe or pesto without pine nuts too!
Prep Time:2 minutes
Pasta cooking time:10 minutes
Total Time:12 minutes
Servings 4
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Equipment

Ingredients
 

For the pesto

For the Pasta

  • ½ lb bow tie pasta, I like Barilla
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 ball burrata cheese, can be found at Trader Joe's
  • 1 lemon, zested

Instructions

  • Place the basil, salt, pepper, whole cloves of garlic and pistachios in the medium sized bowl of a food processor or mini prep. Pulse about 5-7 times to chop the basil and garlic. Then, turn the machine on and pour the oil in slowly through the feed tube at the top. Stop when you have a thick sauce, about 30 seconds or so.
    2 cups of basil leaves, 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt, 2 cloves garlic, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, 3 Tablespoons pistachio meats, ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Remove the pesto to a medium bowl and add in butter and parmesan cheese. Use a bar muddler to press the cheese and butter into the pesto. This should be really easy especially if the butter is softened as noted above.
    2-3 T softened butter, ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • After cooking pasta, reserve 1 cup of pasta water to use to thin out the pesto. Drain pasta in a colander.
    Toss pasta with pesto and add to a warmed bowl (you can use pasta water to warm the bowl or place bowl over hot pan if still warm from cooking pasta).
  • Place ball of burrata in the center of the bow tie pesto pasta.
  • 2 serving ideas:
    1) Cut into it and spread out with the pesto tossing it together until it's all nice and creamy.
    2) Keep the burrata intact and let each person scoop off what they'd like when they serve themselves.

Notes

I’ve got easy pesto tips like how to keep pesto from turning black and more!
Pesto prep
  • Make the pesto and store in a sealed, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the pesto to help avoid the pesto darkening from being exposed to the air.
  • Toss with cooked pasta when ready to serve!
Pesto Storage Suggestions and Tips
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container with a lid for up to 4 days.
  • Pesto can be frozen either in smaller containers (love these 1/2 cup Souper Cubes for pesto!) or ice cube trays for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
  • Defrost in the fridge or at room temperature and stir to blend before using.
Course: Pasta, Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Lori Murphy
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