Bow ties with pancetta and pea shoots

So Sunday pasta has been missing for a while. I bring it back today with bow ties. Bow ties (farfalle) are a little funky shape that kids love. They are also pretty flexible and can be eaten with a lot of sauces, but they go best with “piece-y” sauces so they are often used to make pasta salads.

I love them with peas and ham. That is one comfort dish I used to love as a kid. Here I propose a spin on this pasta. I swapped peas with pea shoots, pancetta for ham and yogurt for heavy whipping cream. The result is an adult version of my childhood favorite.

Bow ties with pancetta and pea shoots

Bow ties with pancetta and pea shoots


bow ties

    • 2 eggs
    • 7 oz whole wheat flour
    • pinch salt


  • pea shoots
  • 2 oz. pancetta
  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt


bow ties

    1. Place the flour on a table and create a large well in the middle of the whole wheat flour. Crack the egg in the well, add salt and quickly mix in the flour. The dough will rapidly come together in a smooth and relatively tough mass. Knead the dough until all the flour has been incorporated, adding a bit of salt if needed and the dough looks smooth. Place the dough under a bowl for 10 minutes or so to rest so that the gluten can relax.
    2. While the dough is resting set up your work station. Place a large wooden board on the table, get a table knife and get a couple of cookies cooling rack that you will use for drying the pasta. If you don’t have the cooling racks, you can use a couple of kitchen towels.
    3. Roll out the dough thinly. You can use a rolling pin or a pasta machine and you should end up with an almost transparent sheet of pasta.

    1. With a knife cut the dough in rectangles (about 1×2 in). Pinch each rectangle in the middle to get a bow tie.
    2. Place on the racks to dry.
    3. Cook the pasta in a lot of salted boiling water. It will cook very quickly (~90 seconds) so wait to cook until the sauce is almost ready.


  1. Dice the pancetta and place in a pan. Turn on the heat and let the pancetta render its fat. When the fat is well rendered drain some of the fat.
  2. Add the pea shoots and the yogurt, mix well and quickly turn off the fire.
  3. Cook the pasta, drain it and dress it with the sauce.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy your homemade bow ties.

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