A pasta salad made in less than 15 minutes! It’s perfect for dinner, a quick snack or for lunch boxes, cold! This Asian Bow Tie Pasta recipe is also great for potlucks because it’s easy to make. Now you also know what to make with bow tie pasta too!
Most pasta salads are so rich and heavy. While creamy pastas are delicious, a light pasta dish like this asian bow tie pasta recipe is always nice to have.
This all came about because of potlucks. I wanted to bring something that could withstand room temperatures. While I don’t advise it to be out for a long time, I do feel a lot better about it out for a couple of hours, since there is no meat or dairy.
Why You’ll Love This Bow Tie Pasta With Veggies Recipe
- So Versatile – You can add either chopped cilantro, chopped green onion, or chopped spinach to this recipe. It will please just about anyone’s taste buds. You can also try using any short pasta for this recipe. You can even add chopped cooked chicken if you like! Feel free to add some shredded rotisserie chicken to this recipe. Just make sure you keep it cool if serving at a potluck.
- Perfect for lunch boxes – Enjoy this pasta cold, room temp, or warm!
- Budget Friendly – If you’re serving a large group, this is definitely an inexpensive choice!
How To Make Sesame Pasta
The only prepping you’ll be doing is chopping which vegetable you choose. I usually use chopped spinach because my kids love it! Feel free to change it to green onion or cilantro if you love those more.
Then in a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Remove from heat and drain water in a strainer.
In a large bowl, mix all your dressing ingredients together including pasta, honey, and oil soy sauce.
Add sesame seeds for garnish and red pepper flakes for a little kick. To bring out even more flavor, in a large skillet, you can even add bell peppers and saute your red pepper flakes in some olive oil or vegetable oil. You obviously, may want to omit this step if you have kiddos who don’t like spice!
Enjoy hot or cold, or room temp! Serve it as a side dish or main course.
Here’s a pro tip for you: If you want this recipe super flavorful, place it in the refrigerator overnight making sure to mix it before serving.
If you’re serving this for adults, a few dashes of red chili flakes make this dish pop! You can always remember this recipe as the 1/2 cup recipe. For the dressing you need a half cup of soy sauce, half cup of honey, an a half cup of sesame oil.
Cook’s Tips For Asian Bow Tie Pasta:
- Mix the pasta prior to serving. Often times the sauce stays on the bottom of the bowl
- Use short pasta like bow tie or rotini for best results
- Protein options: feel free to add cooked chopped chicken
- How long will it keep in the fridge?
- You can happily keep this in the fridge for 3 days or more if there is no meat included
- Can you freeze this bow tie salad recipe?
- I don’t recommend this. It’s best fresh.
Asian Bow Tie Pasta
This Asian Bow Tie Pasta recipe has the best flavors in one bite! Best of all it takes less than 15 minutes to make!
- 1/2 cup chopped spinach may substitute, green onion or cilantro
- 20 oz farfalle pasta prepared per box instructions
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup soy sauce or low sodium tamari
- 1/2 cup sesame oil
- 3 tbs toasted sesame seeds optional
- 1 tbs crushed red chili pepper flakes optional
- 1 cup broccoli, blanched optional
Chopped desired vegetable (spinach, cilantro, or green onion)
Cook pasta per box intstructions
Mix pasta and all ingredients in a bowl.
Add sesame seeds if desired or chili pepper flakes
Serve hot, room temperature, or refrigerate for an hour and serve.