Farfalle al Basilico

Pasta bows with basil and cream

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


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Pasta Italian Style

By Patricia Lousada

Published 1991

  • About

Basil’s special charm works its magic in this creamy sauce. It is an excellent way to use a small amount of the precious leaves.


  • 2 oz (50 g) butter
  • 6 oz (175


Heat half the butter in a saucepan, add the ham and garlic and simmer gently, covered, for about 5 minutes. Add the cream and half the basil and simmer for several minutes to slightly thicken the cream. Season with salt and cayenne pepper.

Heat a serving dish with the remaining butter. Cook the pasta ‘al dente’, drain and turn into the heated dish. Toss with the hot butter. Pour over th