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Bow-Tie Pasta with Escarole

Golden raisins give this pasta dish an interesting twist. It can also be made with a different type of noodle, such as farfalle. Escarole is a slightly bitter green. If you like, substitute kale or chard.

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  • Servings: 4
Bow-Tie Pasta with Escarole

Source: Everyday Food, April 2006


  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound (6 cups) bow-tie, or farfalle pasta
  • 2 bunches (2 3/4 pounds) escarole, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large (8-to-10-quart) pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 10 minutes. Add escarole and raisins; cook 2 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain. Set aside.

  2. Dry pot. Place oil, pepper flakes, and garlic in pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic is fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; toss in pasta mixture with Parmesan and reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well and serve.

Reviews (6)

  • c-lee 13 Dec, 2008

    Looks like lettuce but has more nutrition.

  • alma722 12 Dec, 2008

    Escarole is a lettuce. It is very good and I use it in soup also!

  • Tasnim 12 Dec, 2008

    what is escarole?

  • Tasnim 12 Dec, 2008

    what is escarole?

  • Sandann 11 Dec, 2008

    spelling error, I meant WISH not with

  • Sandann 11 Dec, 2008

    Sounds good, I will definitely try this recipe.

    Just with all Martha's recipes had a nutritional breakdown, Cals, fats, etc

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