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Easy Bow Tie Pasta with Spinach on a plate with melted parmesan.

Simple Creamy Farfalle Pasta with Spinach

Creamy and satisfying, this creamy Farfalle Pasta is a quick and delicious comfort food dish great for weeknights.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian/American
Keyword Bow Tie Pasta, Creamy Pasta Salad recipe, Farfalle Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 640kcal
Author Heather


For the Pasta

  • 5-6 quarts water
  • 1/3 cup sea salt
  • 16 oz Farfalle Pasta (Bow Tie Pasta)

For the Spinach

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 med brown onion *diced, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 large clove garlic *crushed or minced
  • 8 oz fresh spinach *roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

For the Cream Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream *or half and half
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large cloves garlic *minced or crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 zest lemon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg


  • Place 5-6 quarts of water over high heat. Once boiling stir in salt and cook bow tie pasta according to directions on the package. See how to cook pasta tips above. 
  • Meanwhile, place a large frying over medium high heat. Add olive oil and onion. Sauté until lightly browned, about 10 mins. Add in garlic clove and continue sautéing for another min. Add in spinach and sauté until just becoming wilted, about 5 mins. Sprinkle with salt and transfer to a separate bowl. 
  • Place same frying pan over low heat. Add butter to melt.
    Meanwhile measure cream. Add lemon juice and nutmeg to cream. 
    Once butter is melted whisk in cream (or half and half). Once incorporated and in cheese and bring to a low simmer for about 5 mins, whisking often. Add in garlic and continue simmering for an additional min. Take off heat and stir in lemon zest. Drain spinach mixture of excess water and stir into cream sauce also. 
    Drain pasta and add to cream sauce. Stir well. Additional parmesan can be added as garnish. 


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 


Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 7039mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4559IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 409mg | Iron: 2mg