James Briscione's Food Network Kitchen's Farfalla Peas Bacon as seen on Food Network
Recipe courtesy of James Briscione

Farfalle with Peas and Bacon

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


Fresh Pasta:


Special equipment:
stand mixer with pasta attachment or hand-cranked pasta machine
  1. After the dough has rested, divide it in half, reserving one half for another use. Set up a pasta roller attachment on a stand mixer (or secure a hand roller to the side of your work surface). Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough until it is thin enough to pass through the pasta roller. Set your roller to the widest setting. Turn on the pasta roller and pass the dough through once. Fold the rolled-out piece of dough over itself, then pass through the roller again. If the edges of the dough begin to fray or the dough is sticky or damp, lightly dust both sides with flour. Repeat five to six more times, until the dough is smooth.
  2. Adjust the roller to the second widest setting, dust both sides of the dough with flour, and pass it through twice (without folding). Repeat, adjusting to a thinner setting each time and passing through twice, until the dough is thin but not so much that it is translucent. 
  3. Coat the rolled dough with a light dusting of semolina flour. Cut the dough into rectangles roughly 1 1/2 by 3 inches. Pinch the center of a rectangle together to make a small fold, then pinch again, this time from the edges, pressing to secure the folds and creating a butterfly shape. Toss the finished farfalle on a semolina-dusted baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  4. Combine the bacon and 2 tablespoons water in a large skillet over medium heat and cook until the water evaporates and the bacon is crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the onion and cook 1 to 2 minutes, then add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring and scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the liquid is reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside until the pasta is ready.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the farfalle, stir gently to prevent sticking and cook until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Use a slotted spoon or spider to transfer the pasta to the skillet with the bacon and onions and toss to combine. Add the peas and 1/2 cup pasta water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and add the butter. Cook, tossing, until the pasta is just tender and the sauce has thickened slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in half the Parmesan. Divide between plates and top with the remaining Parmesan.

Fresh Pasta:

  1. Mound the flour in the center of a clean countertop or cutting board. Make a well in the center of the flour 3 to 4 inches wide.
  2. Crack the eggs into the well and add a pinch of salt. Using a fork, break the yolks and begin to beat the eggs as you would if making scrambled eggs.  
  3. Continue stirring the eggs with a fork in large circles, slowly incorporating the flour. When the eggs form a thick mass and become difficult to stir, about 3 minutes, fold the loose flour from the edges into the pile with a bench scraper and knead until a smooth dough forms. Discard any excess flour.  
  4. Shape the dough into a flat disk, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 20 minutes before rolling. If waiting more than 1 hour, refrigerate or freeze the dough. The dough will keep refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

Cook’s Note

If you don't have semolina, you can use 10 ounces of only "00" or all-purpose flour instead of 7 ounces flour and 3 ounces of semolina flour.