Pasta Farfalle in a Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

Janna’s favourite restaurants are almost all Italian. Throughout our marriage we have been to many Italian restaurants, the most being East Side Mario’s and Olive Garden. It is the pasta dishes that draw her and when she opens the menu she goes straight to the page with noodles. She has transferred her passion for pasta to our kids and they share their mom’s feelings for it.

As the main cook at home, I try to have pasta dishes in our rotation of regular meals. Pasta is so versatile and I love mixing it up with noodle shapes, meats, sauces and cooking methods. I know that cheesy cream sauces are taboo right now due for heath reasons, but they taste sooooo good and we love them, occasionally.

This sauce was something I whipped up when I was trying to think of what to do with a bunch of leftover farfalle pasta (bowtie pasta). I looked in the fridge, saw these ingredients and a tasty dish emerged. As Janna tasted it, she said it reminded her of something from the Olive Garden. That was all the props I needed!

Pasta Farfalle in a Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 -3
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 4 roasted red peppers , diced
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 brick of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 4 cups cooked farfalle pasta
  • fresh chopped parsley


  • In a saucepan melt the butter. Add garlic, roasted red peppers and saute them for a 10 minutes.
  • Add the spices, cheeses and cream and cook, stirring often. The cream cheese will melt and and blend into the cream creating a smooth sauce. Let the sauce simmer, just under the boiling point, for a few minutes.
  • Stir in the farfalle pasta. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Looks absolutely divine. Your wife is lucky, my hubs rarely cooks. But maybe that’s a good thing. Lol! You really knocked this one out of the park. Looks incredible. It’s high praise to get the comment that it tastes like a restaurant. Gives me goosebumps when I hear that from people. Kudos to ya!

  2. My husband always wonders why I like pasta without any meat-I told him sometimes meat can detract from great flavor. Your cheesy pasta does look like it has great flavor–no meat required. Well done and I am sure it is better than Olive Garden!

  3. That’s some good-looking pasta! And I’m with your wife–I would go out to eat Italian all the time if only there were good Italian restaurants here. I”m sure she appreciates having restaurant-quality pasta at home, too!

  4. Great looking pasta. Love pasta.

  5. No fair … I wanna live at your house! Pasta – particularly really good pasta – is one of my favs! So, what’s wrong with this picture??? Janna is eating like a queen and is skinny as a rail. That’s just wrong! Come cook for me, Steve!

  6. Creamy pasta? You just can’t go wrong. Your family is spoiled 🙂

  7. I love the way the ridges on Farfalle pasta force the sauce to cling to it. So every bite is equally delicious

  8. This looks fantastic, Steve!! can you please write my husband and tell him that, yes, men really can cook good meals. Hehehe.

  9. Steve, this looks amazing! Can’t beat a great cream sauce on pasta…mmmmmmm

  10. Delicious! Makes a person hyngry.

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