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

I love tagliatelle noodles because they’re so big (about 1/4 inch wide!) and sauces coat them perfectly! They’re a great alternative to linguine or fettuccine. You’ll have to try your freshly cooked tagliatelle out with some homemade alfredo sauce, bolognese, or marinara!

Top-down view of cooked tagliatelle in a spotted bowl.

What is Tagliatelle?

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

Because of its ribbon-like shape, tagliatelle is great for thicker, heavier sauces. One of my absolute favorites is this homemade mushroom sauce! Meaty sauces like bolognese or spaghetti sauce are also great for serving with it. My family absolutely LOVES this type of pasta. Because it’s so tasty, I know yours will too!

How Much Tagliatelle Do I Need?

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

What You’ll Need to Cook It

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

  • Water: Salt your water heavily to add flavor from the inside out!
  • Tagliatelle Pasta: I used 10 ounces of uncooked pasta and this made enough for about 5 servings. This equates to about 4 nests of tagliatelle if they’re sold individually.

Do I Need to Salt My Water?

Yes, yes, yes! And generously! This is a step that’s often overlooked. I see so many people add just a sprinkle or no salt at all to the water they’ll be cooking their pasta in. You typically need 2 tablespoons of salt per 5 quarts (20 cups) of water you cook with. Trust me, this will make your entire pasta dish taste better. It’s your first layer of seasoning!

How to Cook Tagliatelle Pasta

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

  1. Boil Water: Add the water to a large pot and then bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook Pasta: Add the dry pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. My pasta took about 5-6 minutes. Because we want it to have the perfect al dente texture, be careful not to overcook the pasta
  3. Serve With Homemade Sauce: Prepare your favorite pasta sauce to enjoy with the pasta and 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! Since it’s flat and wide, it’s perfect for sauces with thick, creamy, or meaty textures. Here are a few of my favorite homemade recipes!

How Long Will Cooked Tagliatelle Last?

This pasta is great for having on hand to make quick and easy dinners with. Here’s how to keep it tasting fresh!

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

Tagliatelle pasta served with mushroom sauce. There is a bite being taken out with a gold fork.

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Tagliatelle Pasta

By: Alyssa Rivers
Tagliatelle pasta is thick, soft, and perfect for all of your homemade sauces! Here's how to cook it perfectly every time!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 6 cups water
  • 10 ounces tagliatelle pasta


  • Add the water to a large pot and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the dry pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. My pasta took about 5-6 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the pasta.
  • Prepare your favorite pasta sauce to enjoy with the pasta! I love this pasta with bolognese sauce or alfredo sauce.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 96kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 111mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian, Italian American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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