Homemade bowtie pasta is easier and less time-consuming to make than you may think! You can be as creative as you desire with stripes and colors, or keep it simple with plain dough. When I have some extra time I like to make colors and stripes!
- 2-1/4 Cups Flour
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 3-4 Tablespoons Water
- Dash of Salt
Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour.
Add to the middle well of flour the eggs, olive oil, and water. Add flour or extra water to dough as needed – consistency should not be sticky. With beater attachment, beat on low for 1 minute. Switch to dough hook and mix for 6 minutes. Take dough and cover in plastic wrap and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
I made orange (carrot) and green (spinach) pasta. If you choose to do colors simply add 1/2 – 1 cup cooked vegetables to the eggs and process in a food processor until smooth, then add to the flour. Decrease the amount of water and increase flour accordingly so that your dough is not sticky.
After dough has rested, put through your pasta press to desired thickness. If adding stripes, press dough and put one color through the fettuccine press and place stripes on other piece of dough, pressing to adhere and then run through the pasta press one more time to create the striped sheet.
Cut your sheet into 2-1/2″ x 1 inch squares. Place your index finger in the middle of the square and then bring the top and bottom to meet your finger, and press to seal the middle, making your bow! That’s all there is to it. Once you do a few it goes quickly.
Once the water has boiled it only takes 3-4 minute for the bow tie pasta to be done! When they float to the top, put into a colander and drain. Tip: If you save 1/4 cup of the water and add it to your sauce, it will thicken the sauce. Happy pasta making!