Farfalle con Zucchine e Pomodori {Butterfly Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes}

Spring Butterfly Pasta

Doesn’t this pasta just scream spring! Its so colorful and happy and when I saw it at World Market, I knew I had to buy it {even if it was a little pricey ; )} Have I mentioned that I have an affinity for World Market. I go for something specific and leave with that plus some. Its like Target for me, I simply can’t get out under $50 evah. Sigh…This pasta was one of those extra finds.

Spring Butterfly Pasta

Just look at those colors. I’ve always had a thing for multi-colored pastas. Besides being gorgeous, it’s a great way to get extra veggies in the dish ; ) This pasta is handmade in Italy and made from: red bell peppers, spinach, beets, and turmeric.

Spring Butterfly Pasta

I found this recipe on the package tag, it called for zucchini, cherry tomatoes and cheese. Talk about the perfect spring pasta. With just a few tweaks it’s on its way to making it into our spring rotation.



Farfalle con Zucchine e Pomodori {Butterfly Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes}
What you’ll need:
20 ounces zucchini – sliced into thin circles
5 ounces extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes – halved
2 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano – grated
2 ounces fresh mozzarella – diced
2 tablespoons fresh basil – roughly chopped

What to do:
1. Place oil into saute pan. Add zucchini circles and saute them until lightly brown. Transfer to a serving dish large enough to accommodate pasta.

2. Add tomatoes to pan and saute for approximately 5 minutes. Transfer tomatoes into serving dish with zucchini. Add cheeses and basil. Cover, set aside.

3. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil, when boiling add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.

4. Transfer pasta to serving dish. Toss to combine. Garnish with additional basil if desired.

Buon Appetito.


  1. 1

    wow I usually don’t comment on pasta dishes but this looks amazing… do you know the brand of pasta… so beautiful!!!

    I would love to use it for a cold pasta salad I think

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    I have a serious World Market problem too. I can’t go in there without spending at least $50. Kinda like Whole Foods…

    Is it bad that I know exactly which wine you’re drinking just by seeing part of the bottle? Does that make me a wine-o? 😉

  3. 3

    This is so elegant! I love your presentation with the leafy bowls! So pretty. 🙂 Yes, so colorful and spring like. It sure did made me smile.


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    What a gorgeous bowl of pasta!I always love the bowl tie shapes, but the colors are really what make them special.

  5. 5

    Gorgeous pasta and love the bowl!

  6. 6

    Wow! The colors are incredible! Che bel piatto di pasta!

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    Oh that butterfly pasta os gorgeous! I bet you were all smiles when you found it. Must find it over here 🙂

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    What beautiful colorful butterflies – I would have picked up this pasta too!

  9. 9

    Wow! I’ve never seen that many colors in pasta. What a perfect Spring dinner this would be.

  10. 10

    You have just improved on one of my favorite ways to cook and serve pasta! Farfalle is one of my favorite pasta shapes and I have *never* seen it look so vibrant. Wish we had a World Market here. Kudos, Paula!

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    lisa /

    So pretty and I know it’ll be delicious.

  12. 12

    Love eating pretty pasta!!

  13. 13

    such pretty colors! Makes it more fun to eat 🙂

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    What pretty little bowties!


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    Sarah /

    Love this! I was browsing for a good recipe to go with the colorful Easter pasta that I just happened to buy at World Market!!!! 🙂 You have made my day!

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    Well, I just bought some tri-color farfalli pasta.

    Now I know what to do with it, lol!

    ps. My first visit here, gorgeous photos….

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    I’m smitten with the pasta, which I’m guessing my favorite local Italian grocery stocks. But I’m in love with the simple, delicious, respectful way you’ve used vegetables here. This recipe is so useful to me, as I have plenty of beautiful tomatoes, zucchini, and basil in my garden now.

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    OOOOoh sooo niiiice! Another lovely pasta post! The other one with the past amix was great too! I kept looking at pictures over and over again! Lovely!

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    PS: sorry for the bad english. I don’t know what’s got into me. Probably too much pasta?! Nooo, there’s no such thing as too much pasta! Right? 🙂

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    Suzanne /

    Made this tonight, adding some grilled chicken breast and onion. So good! Thanks for a yummy, easy recipe!

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    Amanda /

    I made this and it is Devine!!! The colors were amazing! Thumbs up!!

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