Tagliolini Recipe That’s Easy to Make

Tagliolini is really just a fancy word for fettuccine, if you can believe that. I think saying the other one is actually easier, so it’s probably why people call it that. It’s a flat, ribbon pasta that’s popular in a handful of dishes.

This tagliolini recipe that I’m making here is pretty simple. I know that a common version of this pasta is with alfredo sauce, but I made a basic recipe out of olive oil and a couple other things here.

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What You’ll Need to Make This

What it isNameWhere to buy
CookwareCutting boardAmazon
CookwareLarge potAmazon
CookwareLarge mixing bowlAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoons (various sizes)Amazon
CookwareKitchen knifeAmazon
CookwareMeasuring cups (various sizes)Amazon
CookwareLarge colanderAmazon
CookwareLarge serving bowlAmazon
CookwarePyrex 1 cup measuring cup for liquidsAmazon
CookwareWooden spoonAmazon
Ingredient3 cloves of garlic, mincedStore
Ingredient1/3 cup olive oilStore
Ingredient1.5 teaspoons red pepper flakesStore
Ingredient3/4 cup shaved parmesan and romano cheeseStore
IngredientTagliolini noodles (full box)Store
IngredientPinch of salt (for noodles while cooking)Store
IngredientSalt and pepper to taste after strainingStore

Starting the Tagliolini Recipe

To kick things off, grab your cutting board.

cutting board

Then, get your garlic. You’ll only need a few cloves, depending on how big yours is.

garlic on a cutting board

Start working on the clove. You’ll also need a kitchen knife for this part of the tagliolini recipe.

Kitchen knife with garlic for tagliolini

Following that, find three cloves and remove the outer skin.

garlic cloves for Tagliolini

Chopping them up might take a minute or two with that knife. The picture below wasn’t my final product, I worked on them a lot more to really get the garlic into tiny pieces. Consider using pre-minced garlic for your tagliolini, too.

chopped garlic for tagliolini

Once it’s minced, grab your tagliolini noodles.

tagliolini noodles (also called fettuccine)

Then, fill up a large pot about half way with water and put it on the stove at high heat.

large pot on stove

While the pot of water is heating up, grab the large mixing bowl.

large bowl

Dump your minced garlic into there.

scraping garlic into a large bowl for Tagliolini

Once that’s in there for the tagliolini, grab your crushed red pepper and some measuring spoons.

red pepper for Tagliolini

Measure out 1.5 teaspoons of that and throw it into the big bowl.

red pepper in a bowl for Tagliolini

Once that’s done, grab your parmesan & romano for this part of the tagliolini recipe.

parmesan and romano cheese for Tagliolini

Measure out 3/4 cup of shaved cheese and dump that into the bowl, too.

dumping cheese into bowl

Once that’s in there, get the Pyrex measuring cup.

Pyrex measuring cup

You’ll also need your olive oil for this part of the tagliolini recipe.

olive oil for Tagliolini

Measure out 1/3 cup of olive oil into the measuring cup and set that aside for a little while.

olive oil in measuring cup for Tagliolini

By now, your water should be boiling. Grab your tagliolini noodles and put them into the pot to boil.

putting pasta in a pot for Tagliolini

Boil them in there for about 12 minutes. That’s kind of the standard when it comes to boiling noodles. You can also turn down the heat to medium for that time.

turning down the heat for Tagliolini

Remember to stir the pasta periodically while it’s in there.

stirring tagliolini

Then, add some pepper to the seasoning mixture in the large bowl.

peppering seasoning for tagliolini

Following the pepper, put some salt into the big bowl.

salting the tagliolini seasoning

Now that you’ve added the salt, grab a colander and put it in the sink.


You’ll need to wait a few more minutes for the pasta to finish cooking. Once the time’s up, drain the pasta in your colander.

draining tagliolini noodles

After the tagliolini is drained, dump it into a large serving bowl.


Following that, grab the olive oil in the measuring cup and dump it into the large bowl.

pour the olive oil into the bowl

Then, get the rest of the pasta and start working on that.

mixing pasta

Once you’ve got that mixed around pretty well, dump the mixture from the big bowl into your tagliolini.

dumping cheese into noodles

Mix things around some more in there and should end up with something like what we’ve got below here:

Mixing tagliolini around

Another shot:

Pasta in bowl

There ya go! Some delicious tagliolini or fettuccine as it’s more commonly known. Makes for a great weeknight meal to feed your family, roommates, or whoever.

Notecard Version of the Tagliolini Recipe

Chop of 3 cloves of garlic, mincing them well. Put them into a large mixing bowl. Following that, Measure 1/3 cup of olive oil and set that aside.
Measure 1.5 teaspoons of red pepper flakes and put them into the large mixing bowl.
Measure 3/4 cup shaved parmesan & romano cheese
Add salt and pepper to the cheese/pepper mixture, not too much but jut a few sprinkles.
Boil a large pot of water on the stove. Once the water’s boiling, put the entire box of tagliolini noodles in there. It should be about 12 ounces of that.

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Bob Buckley

Bob Buckley writes about food and business.