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Bow tie Pasta Salad with Sweet Italian Sausages

Looking for a hearty pasta dish that your family will really love?  Try this bow tie pasta salad with sweet Italian sausages.

The salad is ready in just minutes but very hearty and tasty. It has a zesty kick from the Italian sausages and a fresh garden finish.

Keep reading to find out how to make it.

Salad with farfelle pasta, olives, basil, mozzarella and tomatoes.

Bow tie pasta salad with sweet Italian sausage

I enjoy making and dishes which feature Italian sausages.  My husband is particularly fond of them. 

I love these sweet little bow tie pasta pieces. When my daughter was young, they were her favorite shape of pasta.  Even now, when I cook them, I remember her moving them around on her plate to “decorate it.”

The name for this type of pasta is farfalle, which means “butterflies” in Italian. We refer to them as bow tie pasta because of the shape.

This Italian bow tie pasta salad recipe combines the pretty pasta shapes with sweet Italian sausage, olives  (another of my husband’s favorites) and mozzarella cheese. 

Then you add in the heart healthy fresh garden tomatoes, chopped sweet peppers, and some fresh basil and the salad is done. The result is a nutritious and tasty meal that will delight.

Serve with some fat free Italian dressing and a piece of crusty garlic bread and enjoy!

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Yield: 8 servings

Bow tie pasta salad with sweet Italian sausages

Salad with farfelle pasta, olives, basil, mozzarella and tomatoes.

Fun bow tie pasta gets mixed with sausages, tomatoes, mozzarella and olives for this tasty and easy recipe.

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 16 oz of pasta, bow tie shapes
  • 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
  • 4 Italian sausages
  • 1 1/2 cups of cherry tomatoes
  • 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup of black olives
  • 1 cup of chopped sweet peppers
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cracked fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Fresh basil leaves to garnish
  • 8 tablespoons of fat free Italian dressing


  1. In a large pot boil about 4 quarts of water with 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt. Add pasta and cook according to the directions for al dente.
  2. When the pasta has cooked, drain the water and return the pasta to the pot, drizzle with a little olive oil, stir and cover.
  3. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
  4. Cut the mozzarella cheese into small chunks.
  5. Meanwhile, brown the Italian sausages in a non stick skillet until cooked over medium heat - about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove and cut into small rounds.
  7. Combine the pasta in a large bowl with the sliced sausages, cherry tomatoes, chopped peppers, black olives and mozzarella.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Add the Italian dressing, mix well and garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve.


Calories are for the salad with fat free dressing. You can use normal Italian dressing but it will add more calories to the dish.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 1316mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 17g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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