Summer Tagliolini Pasta Recipe with marinated vegetables

Summer Tagliolini Pasta Recipe with marinated vegetables.

This light summer tagliolini pasta recipe from a restaurant in Bologna is so tasty, fresh and healthy. It’s also has a no-cook sauce, meaning all you have to cook is the pasta.

Summer tagliolini pasta recipe with marinated vegetables

Tagliolini Estivi.

I first came across this recipe in a huge Italian recipe book I bought last year. This book has 5,000 regional recipes. Not all are pasta, of course, but there are a lot of delicious sounding pasta dishes in it that I want to make!

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Summer tagliolini pasta recipe with marinated vegetables

The recipe origins.

According to the author of the above mentioned book, this summer tagliolini recipe was invented by Irene Diolaiti, the owner of Da Cesari restaurant in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna. I looked up the restaurant on the Internet and found a photo of this dish in their photo gallery. It looked so good, I decided to give it a try!

Ingredients in basket for summer tagliolini pasta with marinated vegetables

This isn’t a typical summer pasta salad recipe because it’s made with fresh tagliolini. Most pasta salads or ‘pasta fredda’ as the Italians say, are made with short pasta types. However, tagliolini is a long narrow egg pasta that’s usually eaten fresh and is popular in Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Piedmont and Molise.

chopped vegetables on white plate for summer tagliolini pasta with marinated vegetables

I have one other summer pasta recipe here on the Pasta Project that’s similar to this recipe. Vermicelli di Positano is made with a long pasta (vermicelli) and the condiment is marinated raw veggies and herbs. The main difference between the two dishes is that this summer tagliolini recipe has a greater variety of raw veggies, whilst the vermicelli recipe has more herbs. Both are delicious!

pouring olive oil on chopped vegetables for summer tagliolini pasta recipe

The vegetables.

This summer tagliolini pasta recipe is brilliant for really warm days when you just can’t face standing over a hot stove! It is fresh, tasty and healthy! Some of the raw veggies also add a bit of crunch to the dish! Because the vegetables are only marinated, I chose to buy organic veggies.  Here in Italy, organic vegetables and fruit  are more expensive than the normal ones available in supermarkets. But, when it comes to eating raw, I prefer to use them. Also organic veg tastes better in my opinion.

cooked fresh tagliolini and chopped vegetables in bowl for summer tagliolini pasta recipe

This summer tagliolini pasta recipe has fresh cherry tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, celery and red bell peppers, all cut into small cubes. There’s garlic, basil and lemon juice to add more flavour and I marinated everything in very good extra virgin olive oil for an hour before mixing the pasta with the vegetables.

Summer Tagliolini Pasta Recipe with marinated vegetables

The pasta.

The other step that adds flavour to this recipe is that the pasta is cooked in beef broth. You can use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian. I used homemade beef broth. However, a good ready-made stock cube added to the pasta water would add extra flavour too!

Summer tagliolini pasta recipe with marinated vegetables

Fresh tagliolini is the pasta of choice for this recipe. But, you can make it with dried pasta such as spaghetti, vermicelli or linguine. Fresh fettuccine would be a good option as well.

I’m sure once you try this simple but delicious and nutritious summer tagliolini pasta recipe, you’ll love it as much as I do. Let me know what you think by commenting here on the website or on the Pasta Project Facebook page. I’d love to get your feedback

Buon appetito!

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Summer tagliolini pasta recipe with marinated vegetables

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summer tagliolini recipe
Summer tagliolini pasta recipe with marinated raw vegetables
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Marinating time
1 hr
Total Time
20 mins

This summer tagliolini recipe is brilliant for hot days when you just can’t face standing over a hot stove! It is fresh, tasty and healthy and very easy to make! 

Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Emilia-Romagna, Italian
Keyword: pasta, pasta salad, raw vegetables, tagliolini
Servings: 2
Author: Jacqueline DeBono
  • 400 g fresh tagliolini pasta you can also use other long pasta
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2-3 zucchini depending on size
  • 3-4 carrots depending on size
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 15 cherry tomatoes washed and cut in half
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 bunch fresh basil washed
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 500 ml beef/vegetable broth or a stock cube. Can be vegetable stock for vegetarians
  • extra virgin olive oil as required
  • salt for pasta and to taste (don't add salt to pasta water if using stock cube)
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Wash all the vegetables and then cut into cubes.

  2. Put them into a bowl with the extra virgin olive oil, crushed garlic cloves, chopped basil, the juice from 1/2 lemon, salt and pepper. (Use enough olive oil to coat the veg like in a salad)

  3. Mix well, cover with cling film and marinate for an hour. 

  4. Bring a pot of water with with beef broth to boil for the pasta (I used half water and half homemade broth) But, if using,a stock cube add to the pasta water. (You don’t need salt if you use a stock cube)

  5. Cook the tagliolini al dente according to the instructions on the packet in the broth and drain. (Fresh pasta takes about 5 minutes) 

  6. Add the drained pasta to the bowl with the marinated vegetables. Then add a little more olive oil and mix together well.

  7. Add salt and pepper to taste if required. Sprinkle with Parmesan flakes and serve immediately. This dish should be tepid. 

Recipe Notes

The vegetables for this recipe can be changed as desired. For example, you can add spring onions, radishes, raw fennel, and peas, green beans cut into small pieces, asparagus spears and blanched artichoke slices.

Fresh tagliolini is the pasta of choice for this recipe, but you can make it with dried pasta such as spaghetti, vermicelli or linguine. Fresh fettuccine would be a good option as well.


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  • Kelly Anthony
    October 23, 2018 3:53 pm

    This tagliolini pasta will make the perfect lunch on a hot summer day. I love the fresh flavors this pasta dish has to offer.

    • Jacqui
      October 23, 2018 4:07 pm

      Thank you Kelly! I agree! This is a great summer pasta recipe!

  • Linda | Brunch-n-Bites
    July 11, 2018 5:57 am

    I love recipe that only requires fresh ingredients. And I can say this is my favorite already!

    • Jacqui
      July 15, 2018 10:14 am

      Aww thank you Linda! Yes, this is a very fresh pasta recipe. I love that the veggies are just marinated and not cooked! Perfect for summer!

  • Heather
    July 9, 2018 11:27 pm

    I love this fresh and summery twist on a typically heavy pasta dish. Perfect for the hot days ahead of us!!

    • Jacqui
      July 15, 2018 10:16 am

      Thank you! Me too Heather! This pasta recipe really is a great summer dish. As you say it’s light, whereas pasta can sometimes be heavy!

  • Stephanie Simmons
    July 9, 2018 11:23 pm

    This looks so light and refreshing! How perfect for these hot, heavy summer days!

    • Jacqui
      July 15, 2018 10:17 am

      Thanks so much Stephanie! Yes this really is light and refreshing! A great summer pasta recipe!

  • Chef Mireille
    July 8, 2018 7:43 pm

    I would love to have the variety of so many different pasta cuts – for me I have to go to a gourmet supermarket to get these but I think this would be just as delicious with plain old spaghetti also

    • Jacqui
      July 15, 2018 10:19 am

      I agree, we’re lucky here in Italy to have so many pasta cuts! Tagliolini is one of my favourite long pasta types. But, yes, this recipe can be made with spaghetti. I think it would be just as good!

  • theresa
    July 7, 2018 3:44 pm

    this is a perfect summer dish in every way

    • Jacqui
      July 15, 2018 10:20 am

      Grazie Theresa! If you like pasta but want a lighter recipe for summer, this one is, as you say, perfect!

  • Joyce
    July 5, 2018 3:43 am

    Looks like a great summer meal! Light and healthy with lots of veggies!!

    • admin
      July 5, 2018 8:50 am

      Thank you Joyce! Yes this dish is great for summer. It’s fresh and healthy and the only cooking involved is boiling the pasta! Happy summer from Verona! Jacqui

  • Stine Mari
    July 5, 2018 12:13 am

    All these fresh ingredients! Looks really yummy and perfect for a light Summer meal

    • admin
      July 5, 2018 8:52 am

      Thanks so much for your comment Mari! One of my favourite summer pasta dishes; light, tasty and easy to make! Hugs from bella Italia! Jacqui

  • Gloria
    July 4, 2018 7:54 pm

    Okay, I am LOVING the marinated veggies. What a great summer meal. I would love this for dinner any night of the week. Perfect for a nice summer meal on the patio, with a glass of white wine.

    • admin
      July 5, 2018 8:53 am

      The marinated veggies are fab Gloria! I agree perfect on the patio with a glass of wine! Baci from Verona! Jacqui

  • Helena
    July 2, 2018 10:40 am

    Fantastic pasta! Organic food is pretty expensive but with the recipes like this it totally pays off!

    • admin
      July 4, 2018 4:38 pm

      Thanks so much Helena! Yes I agree even though organic food can be very expensive, it’s worth it for dishes like this. Everything tastes so much better! Love from Verona! Jacqui

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