How To Cook Tagliatelle Pasta

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Tagliatelle pasta is thick, soft and perfect for all your homemade sauces! Here’s how to cook it perfectly every time!

I love tagliatelle noodles because they are so big (about ¼ inch wide!) and sauces coat them perfectly! They are a great alternative to linguine or fettuccine. You will have to try your freshly cooked tagliatelle with some homemade Alfredo sauce, bolognese or marinara!

Top view of cooked tagliatelle in a spotted bowl.

What is tagliatelle?

If you’ve never had tagliatelle pasta, it’s an egg-based pasta that originated in northern Italy. Tagliatelle is similar to linguine, but is made with eggs and is slightly thicker. It usually comes in what’s called a “nest,” or bundles of dried pasta. These are so easy to drop into a pot of boiling water!

Because of its ribbon-like shape, tagliatelle is very suitable for thicker, heavier sauces. One of my absolute favorites is this homemade mushroom sauce! Meaty sauces such as bolognese or spaghetti sauce are also delicious to serve on the side. My family absolutely loves this type of pasta. Since it’s so delicious, I know yours will be too!

How much tagliatelle do I need?

1 pound (500 grams) of dried tagliatelle pasta is usually enough for 4 people. Much depends on how hungry you are! (I always make way more pasta than I need, but it works great for leftovers!) Depending on the size of the bundles, one may be enough for one person.

What do you need to cook it

Salt water and quality noodles are the key to perfect tagliatelle. Making a pot of fresh, tasty pasta is so easy! Then all you have to do is whip up your favorite homemade pasta sauce.

  • Water: Salt your water heavily to add flavor from within!
  • Noodles Pasta: I used 10 ounces of uncooked pasta and this was enough for about 5 servings. This is equivalent to about 4 litters of tagliatelle when sold individually.

Should I make my water salty?

Yes Yes Yes! And generous! This is a step that is often overlooked. I see so many people add only a little or no salt at all to the water in which they will cook their pasta. You usually need 2 tablespoons of salt for every 5 liters (20 cups) of water you cook with. Trust me, this will make your whole pasta dish taste better. It’s your first layer of seasoning!

How To Cook Tagliatelle Pasta

You will LOVE how easy it is! Fresh, al dente tagliatelle in just 10 minutes.

  1. Boiling water: Add the water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Cooking pasta: Add the dry pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. My pasta took about 5-6 minutes. Because we want it to have the perfect al dente texture, make sure not to overcook the pasta
  3. Serve with homemade sauce: Prepare your favorite pasta sauce to enjoy with the pasta, then serve! I love this pasta with mushroom sauce, bolognese sauce or alfredo sauce.
3 photo collage of tagliatelle pasta being cooked.

Delicious homemade sauces

What really makes tagliatelle good is the sauce! Because it’s flat and wide, it’s perfect for sauces with thick, creamy, or meaty textures. Here are some of my favorite homemade recipes!

How long does cooked tagliatelle keep?

This pasta is great to have on hand for making quick and easy dinners. Here’s how to keep it fresh!

In the fridge: Store cooked tagliatelle in a airtight container for 3-4 days. Refrigerate within 2 hours of cooking.

Tagliatelle pasta served with mushroom sauce.  A bite is taken with a golden fork.


  • Add the water to a large saucepan and bring the water to a boil over medium heat.

  • Add the dry pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. My pasta took about 5-6 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the pasta.

  • Prepare your favorite pasta sauce to enjoy with pasta! I love this pasta with bolognese sauce or alfredo sauce.


Serves: 5

Portion1cupcalories96kcal (5%)Carbohydrates18g (6%)Egg white3g (6%)Fat1g (2%)Saturated fat1g (5%)Sodium111mg (5%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Calcium9mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Every recipe and nutritional value will depend on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.

Class Dinner

kitchen Italian, Italian American

keyword 10 minutes, how to make tagliatelle pasta, tagliatelle pasta

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