Farfalle are bow-tie shaped pasta. The name comes from the Italian word farfalla, meaning butterfly. Farfalle are formed from a rectangle or oval of pasta with two sides trimmed in a ruffled edge, and the centre pinched together to make the unusual shape. The pinched middle of farfalle helps keep them al dente when cooked and catches a little of the sauce. Farfalle is often served with light vegetable sauces as a summer pasta dish or in pasta salads.