Homemade tagliatelle

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Although it may seem intimidating at first, making fresh pasta at home is an absolute breeze. Tagliatelle is probably the simplest shape to tackle for pasta-making newcomers – Filippo’s traditional version is the perfect accompaniment to his Ragù alla Bolognese recipe.

First published in 2016
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Tagliatelle, lasagna, tortelloni and tortellini … all of these delicious Emilian recipes have one common ingredient: homemade pasta!

Making the perfect fresh pasta dough is quite simple: just flour, eggs, a little bit of patience, and a good rolling pin.

There are many traditional sauces that are the perfect accompaniment to pasta fresca, but the most traditional dressing is certainly Ragù alla Bolognese!




Pasta dough

  • 2 large eggs
  • 200g of 00 flour, plus extra for dusting


Place 180g of the 00 flour onto a large wooden board. Pour the remaining 20g of flour into a small bowl, ready to use if necessary
Shape the flour into a volcano with a large hole in the centre, then crack the eggs and pour them into the middle
Using a fork, lightly beat the eggs, then mix in the flour a little at time. It is essential that the flour is gradually beaten into the eggs to ensure the walls of the volcano don't break too soon. Add the reserved 20g of flour if the dough is too moist
Bring the mixture together with a spatula and your hands until you obtain a consistent ball of dough
Work the dough with the heel of your hand for 10–15 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth and very elastic. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
Dust a wooden board with 1 tbsp of flour. Unwrap the dough and flatten it with a rolling pin. Roll out the dough into thin pasta sheets, less than 1mm thick
If you have a pasta machine, divide the dough into 4 before rolling it out
To cut the pasta sheets into tagliatelle, roll the sheets up and cut into large ¾cm strips. Unravel the cut tagliatelle strips and twirl into little nests. Dust the nests liberally with flour to stop them from sticking
Cook the tagliatelle within a few hours in boiling salted water for 3–5 minutes before serving with your favourite sauce
Alternatively, freeze for up to 1 month. To freeze the pasta, layer the tagliatelle flat on a tray lined with parchment paper and freeze for 1 hour, then transfer to a freezer bag or another suitable container

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Born and raised in Bologna, Filippo is a food blogger and supper club host with a passion for traditional Italian dishes.

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