Bow-Tie Stir Fry is a perfect combination. Easy dish for any weeknight meal. Vegetarian and Vegan recipe. Made with fresh vegetables.

Bow-tie Stir fry is not only great to eat, it is also so much fun to say!

Go ahead and say it to yourself. You will thank me because it is one of the phrases that will stick in your head the whole day.  It happened to me too.

Overhead view of a blue bowl filled with pasta and stir fried veggies - Bow-tie Stir Fry

Every time I heard “Bow Tie Stir Fry” in my head, a tiny smile formed on my face.  Coworkers were asking me all day what was so funny and I just smiled back at them.  Once they read this blog post, they will know why I was smiling all day.

I am willing to bet that this will bring a smile on their faces too.

For this recipe, I used a very controversial vegetable. It is the Chinese bitter melon.

It seems that people either hate it completely or embrace it fully.  There is no middle ground when it comes to liking it.

That is because the Chinese bitter melon truly lives up to its name.  Its bitter taste so bitter that it is used mostly in medicines and curing ailments.

It is high in vitamin C and vitamin A.  Plus, it has cooling properties and also helps lower blood sugar levels.

Overhead view of a whole chinese bitter gourd on a plastic bag - Bow-tie Stir Fry

Check out what Lifehack’s page on the benefits of this vegetable.

Additionally, it is a very “meaty” vegetable, making it a versatile ingredient in many dishes. It is not very hard to find, if you know where to look.  Most Chinese and Indian grocery stores will carry it.

If you are new to this vegetable, you may want to salt it before-hand. The salt will take away some of the sting from the bitterness.  However, I recommend you try it without salting it first. Give you palette something that will wake it up!

Cut the bitter melon lengthwise and scoop out the inside white portion.  Personally, I like to remove just the seeds and cook with the white stuff intact.

Overhead view of a bitter gourd cut into half and some of the seed removed - Bow-tie Stir Fry

You don’t have to say it. I know I have a really strange palette!

If you cannot find this vegetable in your Asian grocery store, substitute with celery.

So, have you ever tried the bitter melon and what did you think of it?  Serve with my cheesy garlic bread recipe.

Closeup view of a blue bowl filled with pasta and stir fried veggies - Bow-tie Stir Fry
vegetarian Bow-tie Stir Fry recipe

Bow-Tie Stir Fry

Quick Stir fry recipe
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2 People
Calories 511 kcal


  • 1 Chinese bitter gourd finely diced
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper finely diced
  • 1/4 Red onion finely diced
  • 1 sprig green onion finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
  • 1 squash
  • 6 button mushrooms cut lengthwise
  • 3 Thai Chili Or sub with 1 tsp of Sriracha Sauce
  • 3 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 cup Bow Tie Pasta
  • 3 tsp sunflower oil (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or to taste) for the stir fry


  • Cook the bow tie (farfalle) pasta
  • In a medium stir fry pan, add the oil and heat on medium heat
  • Add the cumin seeds and if using Thai Chilies, add them too
  • Add the grated garlic and allow to brown slightly
  • Add in the vegetables (except green onions) and salt.
  • Cook on medium heat
  • Cook the vegetables until they are tender
  • Add the Soy Sauce and Sriracha Sauce
  • Cook for two more minutes and the remove from heat.
  • Mix the pasta with the stir fry and top with the green onions.

Serve immediately.


    Nutrition info is approximate


    Serving: 2gCalories: 511kcalCarbohydrates: 99gProtein: 16gFat: 8gSodium: 1695mgPotassium: 1965mgFiber: 12gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 42055IUVitamin C: 208.6mgCalcium: 211mgIron: 5.1mg
    Keyword bow tie pasta recipes, stir fry pasta
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