I could eat this tagliatelle pasta recipe every night in spring! Filled with tender veggies, herbs, and chewy pasta ribbons, it's fresh and fun to eat.
This tagliatelle recipe is ideal for this time of year, when spears of asparagus are slim and tender and cool days are still mixed in with the warm ones. The chewy tagliatelle pasta ribbons and a light cashew cream sauce make it hearty and comforting, while spring veggies, lemon, and an abundance of herbs make it super fresh and bright.
We usually make this recipe with dried tagliatelle pasta, and the wide, al dente egg noodles are fantastic with the tangy sauce and tender veggies. But lately, Jack and I have been on a bit of a homemade pasta kick, and our fresh pasta works perfectly in this recipe too.
If you’re game for a cooking project, try making this recipe with homemade pasta! But if you don’t feel like hauling out the pasta maker and rolling out pasta dough, that’s fine, too. Cook up a few nests of dried tagliatelle, and you’ll have this bright, vibrant veggie pasta on the table in under 30 minutes.
Tagliatelle Recipe Ingredients
Craving pasta? Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:
- Tagliatelle pasta – I love the texture of the egg pasta in this recipe, but if you’re vegan, substitute your favorite egg-free pasta for the tagliatelle.
- Asparagus – If you can find them, use thin, tender spears in this recipe.
- Peas – They add delightful pops of sweetness, so try to get a few in every bite!
- Herbs – This spring green pasta is all about the herbs! I add chives, tarragon, and basil or mint to pack it with fresh flavor.
- Lemon – To brighten it up! I season the sautéed asparagus and peas with a squeeze of lemon juice and top the whole dish with a sprinkle of lemon zest.
- Cashew cream – I make a really light cashew cream sauce with garlic, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard. It’s bright and tangy, and it gives this dish a touch of richness without making it heavy.
- Parmesan cheese or vegan Parmesan – Both are fantastic here! They add nutty, umami flavor to this tagliatelle recipe.
If you don’t have this exact combination of spring veggies on hand, that’s ok! Substitute broccolini or zucchini for the asparagus, or replace it with sautéed spinach. Choose just one or two herbs instead of three, or swap chopped parsley for the tarragon, basil, or mint. Get creative with what’s in your kitchen, and enjoy!
Find the complete recipe with measurements below.
Tagliatelle Pasta Serving Suggestions
We love this tagliatelle recipe as a light dinner on its own, along with crusty bread or homemade focaccia for sopping up any sauce that gets left at the bottom of the bowl. If you want to serve it as part of a larger meal, pair it with a simple veggie side dish like sautéed mushrooms, roasted broccoli, or roasted cauliflower, or with any of these salad recipes:
It’d also be fantastic with a bowl of asparagus soup!
More Favorite Pasta Recipes
If you love this tagliatelle pasta, try one of these delicious pasta recipes next:
- Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
- Easy Pesto Pasta
- Fettuccine Alfredo
- Linguine with Lemon and Tomatoes
- Creamy Pasta Pomodoro
- Best Vegetarian Lasagna
- Or any of these 25 easy pasta recipes!
Tagliatelle with Asparagus and Peas
- 12 ounces tagliatelle pasta
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 bunch asparagus, tender parts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ½ cup peas
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- Squeeze of lemon, plus zest for garnish
- ⅓ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
- ⅓ cup fresh chives, chopped
- ⅓ cup fresh basil or mint leaves
- Sea salt
- Microgreens, optional
- Freshly grated Parmesan or Vegan Parmesan
- Make the sauce: In a high speed blender, combine the cashews, water, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, and salt. Blend until creamy.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus and a few pinches of salt and sauté for 3 minutes, until the asparagus is just tender. Add the peas and garlic and stir. Turn off the heat and add a squeeze of lemon.
- Assemble bowls with the pasta, vegetables, sauce, herbs, lemon zest, and microgreens, if using. Serve with Parmesan or vegan Parmesan.