Crisp Parmesan Farfalle with Basil Dip

Serve these cute little fried bowties as an appetizer before an Italian dinner.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 3 Tbsp. basil pesto
  • 1 package (16 oz.) farfalle pasta


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. On plate, combine flour, salt, pepper, seasoning, and ½ of cheese; mix well. In bowl, combine mayonnaise, yogurt, basil, and pesto; refrigerate.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions until tender. Drain well, then spread on kitchen towels to dry. Dry pasta carefully.
  • Coat pasta in the flour mixture. Heat oil in large skillet. Fry pasta, 8 to 10 at a time, until crisp. Place on plate and sprinkle with remaining cheese as they are cooked. Serve hot with basil dip.