Tilapia with Balsamic Browned Butter and Creamy Farfalle with Bacon, Tomato and Peas

124 Ratings
Recipe courtesy ofRachael Ray

Total: 1 hr Prep: 15 min Cook: 45 min

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy



  • Salt
  • 1 pound farfalle, bow ties
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 5 slices center cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 grated garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 white mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (10-ounce) box frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, shredded or torn


  • Heat a pot of water to a boil, salt the water and cook pasta to al dente.

  • Heat a deep large skillet with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add bacon and crisp 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions, garlic, bay leaf and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook until tender but not browned, 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, crush them up with a wooden spoon and simmer 15 minutes on low heat.

  • Season the fish with salt and pepper. Dust fish with flour and shake off excess.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook fish 4 minutes on each side.

  • While fish cooks, stir peas into sauce, return to bubble and stir in mascarpone cheese. Adjust seasoning.

  • Remove fish from skillet to a platter and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Reduce heat to medium and add butter to pan. Brown butter, 2 to 3 minutes, stir in balsamic and simmer 1 to 2 minutes to reduce by half. Pour the brown butter and vinegar over fish.

  • Drain pasta, toss with sauce and wilt basil into pasta.

  • Serve fish with pasta alongside.

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124 Ratings

Aubrey K.
I made this last night for the family. Everyone absolutely loved it. For those of you that didn't make the fish w/ the brown butter, you are definately missing out. I loved the pasta as well, but the fish was amazing and quite simple to prepare. Our sauce broke as well, however the flavor completely made up for it. I have tried many of Rachael's recipes and this is one of our new favorites. Thanks again Rachael! See All Reviews Post Review

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