When I was growing up, bow tie pasta was always one of my favorite homemade meals. That’s exactly why I’m so thrilled to share this recipe that will teach you how to make a keto-friendly version of bow tie pasta in less than 30 minutes (leaving plenty of time for homemade sauce and sides!).
How to Make Homemade Bow Tie Keto Pasta
- Process the ingredients. Add the almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Then add the egg and apple cider vinegar. Tip: Add a little bit of water at a time until the dough mixture comes together to form a ball.
- Knead the dough. I like to wrap the dough in cling film for easier kneading (and clean-up!). The goal is for the dough to be smooth and elastic.
- Refrigerate. Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of one hour.
- Shape into bow ties. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut it into four equal wedges. Sprinkle each wedge generously with coconut flour and then roll out each piece either by hand or with a pasta maker. To make the bow tie shape: Cut them into 2×1 inch rectangles and then pinch them in the middle to shape them into bow ties.
- Refrigerate. Place each of your bow ties onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to cook.
- Prepare the pan. Heat either olive oil or butter in a nonstick pan over low heat.
- Cook. Add the bow tie pasta and cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden.
- Serve. Remove from the heat and serve with your favorite sauce.
Keto Pasta vs. Regular Pasta – What to Expect?
As delicious as regular pasta can be, there’s no denying that indulging in it is in no way keto-friendly. That’s what makes keto pasta so appealing; here’s what you can expect when you substitute regular pasta for keto versions like this recipe:
- Keto pasta has a far lower amount of both calories and carbs compared to regular pasta; using baking ingredients like almond flour and coconut flour instead of wheat-based flours keeps the carb count to the bare minimum, which is essential for keto dieters.
- Keto pasta is an excellent heart healthy meal option thanks to the use of the ingredients mentioned above. Almond flour in particular is rich in both monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber, both of which help to protect against heart disease. (1)
- Keto pasta is more filling and nutrient-dense, so you can expect that it will also be more satiating. You can probably get away with up to ½ less serving volume of keto pasta compared to regular pasta with the same feeling of fullness afterwards.
2 Quick & Helpful Tips for Making Keto Pasta Dishes
If you’re just getting used to cooking keto-friendly versions of your favorite pasta dishes, then here are a couple of handy tips to keep in mind:
- Choose your noodles wisely. Depending on the pasta recipe that you’re making, you’ll have to make various types of pasta noodles. It may be worth your while to invest in a spiralizer in order to be able to quickly and easily slice veggies like zucchini and sweet potatoes into low carb veggie noodles to use for making various keto-friendly versions of pasta dishes like spaghetti.
- Make sure your sauces are low carb as well. When making keto pasta dishes, it’s easy to focus all of your energy on making low carb noodles and then end up throwing it all out the window because you combine them with a carb-heavy pasta sauce. Make sure that you’re using low carb pasta sauces, or better yet, you can just make your own from scratch.
(You may also like: 2-Ingredient Low Carb Keto Noodles)
Bow Tie Keto Pasta from Scratch (Low Carb Farfalle)
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 cup almond flour
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tsp xanthan gum
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tsp water or as needed
- olive oil or butter for cooking
- Place the almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum and salt in a food processor and pulse a few time to combine.
- With the motor running, add the egg and vinegar.
- Add water a little at a time, adding more if necessary until mixture comes together in a ball.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and knead it for a 1-2 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic.
- Refrigerate for minimum one hour.
- Cut the dough into four equal wedges.
- Sprinkle the dough generously with coconut flour.
- Roll out the pasta dough either by hand or using a pasta maker.
- Cut into 2×1-inch rectangles.
- Pinch the rectangles in the middle to shape them into bow tie pasta.
- Place the pasta on a baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to cook.
- Heat the olive oil or butter in a nonstick pan over low heat.
- Add the pasta and cook 1-2 minutes per side or until golden.
- Remove from the heat and serve with your favorite sauce.