Tagliatelle is a traditional pasta from the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy. It can be sold both dried and fresh. Dried tagliatelle will take between 7-10 minutes to cook while fresh tagliatelle will only take about 4 minutes to cook.
It is traditionally made with the ratio of one egg to 100 grams of flour (that’s right only two ingredients) making it a super easy pasta to make at home.
- Simply combine the ingredients into a dough and work it with the heel of your hand for about 10 minutes.
- Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Using a pasta maker or a rolling pin roll it thinly and cut with into strips and twirl into little nests.
- Cook in boiling water and serve with a sauce of your choice.
Tagliatelle can be served with seafood, vegetables or meat. You can use tagliatelle instead of spaghetti for carbonara. It also is commonly served with ragu alla bolognese.
Seafood pasta usually contains prawns, scallops, clams, and mussel and is served in a tomato sauce.
If you are looking for a quick dinner option simply cook the tagliatelle and stir in some basil pesto and top off with some parmesan shavings. If you want to make this dish a little healthier add some cooked mushroom or courgettes.
How Much To Cook Per Person
Making too much or too little pasta is a huge annoyance. No one likes to waste food and there’s nothing like the panic of frantically boiling extra water after realising you made underestimation and you have guests waiting!
Something that surprised me was that Italians actually weigh their pasta before cooking. It’s not uncommon to ask someone how much pasta they eat and the reply being something like ‘80 grams’.
A good rule of thumb is that unless you have a huge appitite you will not need more than 100g per person. Dry tagliatelle is usually sold in balls (or nests) which make them east to weigh.
Small portions 50g -70g
Medium portions 80g – 90g
Large portions 100g +
Tagliatelle Nutritional Information
Tagliatelle is made up of mostly carbohydrates, which can be bad for you if consumed in large amounts.
It has a small amount of protein, sugars and fat. A portion of 100g cooked pasta provides about 357 calories and a moderate level of manganese and a few other micronutrients.
Pasta is relatively low on the glycemic index in comparison to other carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, potatoes, and rice. It has a level of 55 or lower.
Tagliatelle also contains gluten. If you have a gluten sensitivity you can easily find gluten-free alternatives.