Homemade Farfalle (Homemade Bow Tie Pasta)

Homemade farfalle

Homemade Farfalle (Homemade Bow Tie Pasta)

Homemade Farfalle aka Homemade Bow Tie Pasta is not only simple to make but a lot of fun too!

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Homemade farfalle

Homemade Farfalle (aka homemade bow tie pasta) is not only a beautiful pasta to make…it’s a lot of fun too! While it looks like it can be fairly complicated, it’s very straightforward and easier than you may think.

Egg pasta dough in a ball

As with any homemade pasta I make on this site, it all starts with the dough. Typically, I’ll make an egg pasta dough when making Farfalle, but it’s certainly not a written rule. That’s the great thing about making your own pasta, there are so many ways to experiment and there really is no right or wrong answer. For the most part, you’re going to want to stick to an egg pasta dough when making Farfalle.

Check out my Egg Pasta Dough recipe to learn how.

Homemade farfalle on a table

Let’s get the dough ready

Once you have the dough made, it’s all about stretching it out and cutting it up. After you do that, it’s really just a “pinch” to make it all come together.

Cutting egg pasta dough

Let’s start off by cutting a small piece off of the large ball of dough.

Stretching pasta dough with a machine
Folding homemade pasta dough

Starting on the lowest setting in your pasta machine (typically it’s “1”), crank the piece of dough through the machine 4-5 times. Fold the dough in half before each time you run it through.

Running pasta dough through the pasta machine
Running pasta dough through pasta machine

After you run it through 4-5 times, raise the setting one notch and run the dough through ONE TIME. Do not fold the dough.

Keep raising it one notch, each time you run the dough through and repeat until you get to the 2nd to last notch on the machine. Depending on your dough, you may or may not be able to run it through the final notch because it may stress the dough too much.

If at any point you think the dough is too sticky, just add some flour to the dough before running it through again.

A long sheet of homemade pasta dough

If you’ve done this step correctly, you should end up with a nice long, stretchy piece of dough. And if you don’t, no worries…it takes time and a little patience to get it just right.


Now let’s form the homemade Farfalle

Once we have our nice long sheet of pasta dough, it’s time to start cutting and forming the homemade Farfalle.

Cutting homemade pasta dough

First, using a knife or a pizza cutter, trim the sides of the dough that seem uneven. In other words, you want the entire sheet of dough to be the same width throughout.

A bicicletta pasta cutter
A bicicletta

Now comes the fun part. Grab your bicicletta (bicycle in Italian) and start cutting! Seriously though, if you don’t have a bicicletta, it’s not a problem. You can just use a pizza cutter to make your cuts. Ideally, you want your Farfalle to be the same size so it cooks evenly (that’s why a bicicletta comes in handy), but we’re not professional pasta makers here :).

Cutting pasta dough with a bicicletta

Next, run your bicicletta (or pizza dough cutter) horizontally across the dough making even cuts. Depending on how thick your dough is you’ll probably use 4 out of the 5 wheels that it comes with. You want each individual piece to be about 1 in high x 1/2 in wide.

Cutting pasta with a fluted pasta wheel

Next, take your fluted pasta wheel (you will need one of these to make homemade Farfalle) and make your cuts vertically. Remember, you want them 1 in high x 1/2 in wide.

Get a great fluted pasta wheel through my Amazon link here.


Let’s fold our homemade Farfalle

We’re in the homestretch…let’s finish our homemade Farfalle!

Homemade farfalle piece

Take one of the small sheets and hold it with the fluted sides facing up and down.

Folding homemade farfalle

Begin folding the pasta as if you want to fold it in half.

Folding homemade farfalle

Then, fold the flaps back so they line up evenly with the middle section of the pasta.

Pinching homemade farfalle

Finally, firmly pinch the middle to connect the dough and keep it from separating while cooking.

Pinching homemade farfalle
Homemade Farfalle drying on a table
Homemade farfalle drying
Homemade farfalle

Beautiful homemade Farfalle!

Want to make some handmade Cavatelli or “dragged” pasta such as Cencioni or Orecchiette? Check out my Semolina Pasta Dough recipe.


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Homemade farfalle

Homemade Farfalle (Homemade Bow Tie Pasta)

Homemade Farfalle (aka homemade bow tie pasta) is not only a beautiful pasta to make…it's a lot of fun too! While it looks like it can be fairly complicated, it's very straightforward and easier than you may think.
Prep Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 people

Equipment

  • Fluted pasta wheel
  • Bicicletta

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Egg pasta dough

Instructions
 

  • Cut a small piece off of the large ball of dough.
    Cutting egg pasta dough
  • Starting on the lowest setting on your pasta machine (typically it's "1"), crank the piece of dough through the machine 4-5 times. Fold the dough in half before each time you run it through.
    Stretching pasta dough with a machine
  • After you run it through 4-5 times, raise the setting one notch and run the dough through ONE TIME. Do not fold the dough.
    Keep raising it one notch, each time you run the dough through and repeat until you get to the 2nd to last notch on the machine. Depending on your dough, you may or may not be able to run it through the final notch because it may stress the dough too much. If at any point you think the dough is too sticky, just add some flour to the dough before running it through again.
    If done correctly, you should end up with a long, stretchy strand of dough.
    Running pasta dough through pasta machine
  • Using a knife or a pizza cutter, trim the sides of the dough that seem uneven. In other words, you want the entire sheet of dough to be the same width throughout.
    Cutting homemade pasta dough
  • Run your bicicletta (or pizza dough cutter) horizontally across the dough making even cuts. Depending on how thick your dough is you'll probably use 4 out of the 5 wheels that it comes with. You want each individual piece to be about 1 in high x 1/2 in wide.
    Cutting pasta dough with a bicicletta
  • Take your fluted pasta wheel and make your cuts vertically. Remember, you want them 1 in high x 1/2 in wide.
    Cutting pasta with a fluted pasta wheel
  • Take one of the small sheets and hold it with the fluted sides facing up and down.
    Homemade farfalle piece
  • Begin folding the sheet as if you want to fold it in half.
    Folding homemade farfalle
  • Then, fold the flaps back so they line up evenly with the middle section of the pasta.
    Folding homemade farfalle
  • Finally, firmly pinch the middle to connect the dough and keep it from separating while cooking.
    Pinching homemade farfalle

Notes

Enjoy your homemade Farfalle!  Buon appetito!
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