Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with bacon is simple comfort food that is easy to customize with grilled chicken, veggies, or delicious as is. With only seven ingredients and 30 minutes, you can have a family favorite on the table.

white bowl of bow tie pasta topped with crumbled bacon

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta

I am always looking for quick and easy recipes and family-friendly dinner ideas.

The idea for this one came from an old cookbook and checks all my requirements. I like it, the kids like it, and it’s easy and it’s delicious!

You need just seven everyday ingredients for the base, but this recipe is easily customized.

The pasta is creamy and comforting but light enough to make in the warm months. The bacon and Parmesan cheese add great salty and savory flavor to the otherwise mellow sauce.

What is bow tie pasta called?

If you’re searching the pasta aisle for “bow tie pasta”, you won’t find it. The official name of this shape is Farfalle.

Though any pasta shape will do, bowtie is great because it grabs the sauce in the crevices. Plus, it’s cute!

How long do I cook bow tie pasta?

Farfelle (bow tie) pasta takes about 11 minutes to get to al dente in boiling water.

We don’t like much of a bite to our pasta so I let it cook a couple extra minutes so it is tender.

overhead shot of black bowl filled with pasta


Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • PASTA Bow tie pasta is just as it sounds, pasta shaped like a bow tie (aka farfalle). If you don’t have bow tie pasta on hand, you can use penne or elbow pasta as a substitute.
  • CREAM CHEESE Cream cheese makes the base of the creamy sauce. I use full fat but reduced will work as well. Make sure it is room temperature to start so it is easier to work with.
  • ITALIAN SEASONING – This seasoning is a combination of oregano, parsley, and basil spices. You can buy the blend but I like to make my own homemade Italian seasoning.
  • GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE – Parmesan cheese adds such a great flavor to everything. You can use shredded parmesan cheese if you need to or you prefer it.
  • MILK – To thin the cheeses, I use milk. We keep 2% on hand but whatever your favorite (skim, whole, etc.) will also work.
  • BACON – An excellent topping, cook some bacon in the oven to crumble over the top.
overhead shot of ingredients laid out to make bow tie pasta

Equipment you’ll need

  • Pasta Pot You will want to invest in a large pot for cooking pasta. Pasta pots are deep enough for spaghetti and sometimes have the strainer built into the lid.
  • Colander – If your pot doesn’t have a strainer in the lid, you’ll need a colander. I thought one with a handle was silly…until I got one & fell in love with it.
  • Microwave Safe Mixing Bowls – I just started using this set and am really impressed. They are deeper rather than wider which is helpful for storage.
  • Silicone Spatulas – I use these for EVERYTHING.

How to make Creamy Bowtie Pasta

This pasta is so easy to throw together with so few ingredients, it’s definitely a go-to meal.

  1. STEP ONE: First, cook the pasta to your perfect level.
  2. STEP TWOWhile the pasta is boiling, cook your bacon using your favorite method. I usually opt for cooking bacon in the oven, but I’ve also been using the air fryer lately.
  3. STEP THREENext, add room temperature cream cheese, butter, and Italian seasoning to a microwave-safe bowl. Beat it with a hand mixer until smooth, then stream in the milk until fully combined. Microwave for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until it’s all melted and you have a smooth sauce.
  4. STEP FOURPour the sauce over the cooked pasta and top with crumbled bacon and Parmesan cheese. The bacon and Parmesan are salty, but season with salt & pepper, if you think it needs it.
collage of bowl of pasta making a cream sauce

Serving Suggestions

overhead shot of creamy bow tie pasta in a glass bowl

How to store leftovers

A creamy pasta sauce doesn’t always freeze well, so I recommend storing in the fridge in an airtight container and enjoying within a few days.

You can reheat in the microwave (at 50% power) or on the stovetop.

Need more pasta recipes? Try these:

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white bowl of bow tie pasta topped with crumbled bacon
4.78 from 96 votes

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Bacon

Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with bacon is simple comfort food that is easy to customize with grilled chicken, veggies, or delicious as is. With only seven ingredients and 30 minutes, you can have a family favorite on the table.


  • 8 ounces  bowtie pasta
  • ½ pound bacon
  • 8 ounces  cream cheese  at room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • cup milk I used 1%
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta until tender. Drain and set aside, keeping warm.
  • Cook the bacon using your preferred method until crisp and then crumble.
  • Add the softened cream cheese, butter, and Italian seasoning to a medium microwave-safe bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. While beating on low, stream in the milk until fully combined and smooth.
  • Microwave the cream cheese mixture for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until thoroughly heated.
  • Pour the cream cheese mixture over the pasta and toss to coat. Top with shredded Parmesan and crumbled bacon.


If you’re after a lightened up version, you can use turkey bacon, low-fat cream cheese, and skim milk. 
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Sodium: 581mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 874IU | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 1mg

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