Sunday, June 10, 2012

Farfalle with Broccoli in creamy tomato sauce

After Penne Pasta, its time for yet another pasta dish Farfalle with Broccoli in creamy tomato sauce. As the name goes, this Italian dish is made from a type of pasta called Farfalle also popularly known as bow-tie pasta. Farfalla means butterfly in Italian and due to its butterfly shape it derived such a name. 

The sauce is creamy, simple, rich, thick & super delicious. I add broccoli with my bow-tie pasta as this combination not only tastes great but the rich broccoli green color compliments the orange sauce color, making it even more appetizing. 

2 cups of uncooked Farfalle pasta
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 cup onion finely chopped
2 cup broccoli florets 
1/2 cup cream cheese (I am using Philadelphia cream cheese - 1/3 less fat)
1 cup tomato paste
2 tbsp of tomato ketchup
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp of dry parsley 
1/2 tbsp of red chili flakes (or to taste)
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp of oil
salt & pepper to taste

  • Boil water in a large pot & season it well with salt. Add the pasta & broccoli to this water. After 2 mins remove the broccoli outside & continue to cook pasta as per it's package instructions (approximately 11 mins). Like me if you like your pasta a little softer than Al dente cook it extra 5 mins. Strain the pasta & keep aside. Sprinkle some oil to avoid them sticking to each other. 
  • In a pan add oil, bay leaf & minced garlic. I add garlic even before the oil heats up as its allows the garlic flavor to get induced in the oil. Once the oil heats up add the chopped onions & cook till they turn transparent. 
  • Now add the tomato paste, tomato ketchup, parsley, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes, salt & pepper. Cook for 5 mins or till the sauce slightly thickens up.
  • Add the cream cheese to get a nice orangish colour & a rich creamy texture. Cook it for another 2 mins & then add your cooked pasta & brocoli to it. Mix well. 

Tip: Reserve 1/2 cup of water in which you boiled your pasta. Add this water as required to adjust the consistency of your sauce. 

Our delicious creamy Farfalle pasta with broccoli is ready , Serve hot with Garlic bread.

Happy Cooking!!


  1. wow so creamy and delicious. love it

  2. Lovely pasta that sauce and that's a nice tip....

  3. Super tempting and inviting farfalle.

  4. very delicious preparation, love pasta with sauce more than the sauted one...looks too tempting!!
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    Nice recipe...looks delicious

  6. Love this recipe

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  8. Hi Shwetha ,

    What a colour !!!!!

    Looks delicious and

    perfect presentation Shwetha:)


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