Tagliolini au gratin with ham and cream.

Tagliolini au gratin with ham.

Based on a dish from Cipriani’s Harry’s bar in Venice, this tagliolini au gratin recipe is a real gem. All you need is pasta, eggs, ham, grated Parmigiano and cream.

tagliolini au gratin with ham


Gratin di tagliolini panna e prosciutto.

I’m always on the lookout for easy peasy recipes that can be thrown together at a moment’s notice but are still very tasty and will be loved by everyone! In the world of Italian pasta, there are many! Interestingly, most of these don’t find their way on to restaurant menus or celebrity cook shows.

Of those that do, pasta cacio e pepe is one that comes to mind, aglio, olio  e pepperoncino is another. The latter is my hubby’s go-to recipe when we’ve got a houseful of unexpected hungry guests!  This tagliolini au gratin has just been added to MY go-to list for moments when you need something quick and easy to make!

(This recipe was first published a year ago but has been updated)

tagliolini au gratin with ham

In my opinion, this recipe is an Italian gem. All it takes is some tagliolini or tagliatelle pasta, eggs, cooked ham, grated Parmesan and cream. There is another version of this recipe that includes béchamel and requires cooking the ham for a couple of minutes in butter; a little more work but definitely worth trying out.

tagliolini au gratin with ham

Cipriani’s tagliolini au gratin.

That recipe is said to have been created at the very famous Cipriani’s Harry’s bar in Venice, Veneto back in the 60’s and is still served in Cipriani restaurants around the world. It was, apparently, one of the favourites of opera singer Maria Callas.

tagliolini au gratin with ham

In this much simpler version of tagliolini au gratin with ham, the only cooking required is boiling the pasta and baking the dish in the oven for 10-15 minutes.  Can’t get much simpler than that! The ham is cut into small strips and mixed with the cream and egg yolks.

tagliolini au gratin with ham

After cooking the pasta al dente mix a little butter and some Parmigiano into it and put it in a buttered oven dish. Pour the ham and egg mixture over it. Sprinkle with more cheese and your tagliolini au gratin is ready to bake! The result? Delicious! I’m sure, once you have tried it, this recipe will be added to your quick and easy to make go-to list too!

tagliolini au gratin with ham

If you make this tagliolini au gratin with ham recipe, I’d love to hear how it turns out. Please write a comment here on the blog, email me or post a comment on the Pasta Project Facebook page.

Your feedback is really appreciated!

Buon Appetito!

Other delicious tagliolini recipes on The Pasta Project

  1. Neapolitan tagliolini pasta pie
  2. Tagliolini with taleggio and black truffle
  3. Tagliolini with white truffle
  4. Summer tagliolini with marinated vegetables
  5. Pasta arancini from Naples

tagliolini au gratin with ham


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5 from 14 votes
Tagliolini au gratin with ham and cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This very simple, easy to make creamy tagliolini pasta au gratin recipe is bound to be a winner with family and friends!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Northern Italy
Keyword: authentic Italian pasta recipe, baked pasta recipe, ham, pasta al forno, quick and easy recipe, tagliolini
Servings: 4
Calories: 340 kcal
Author: Jacqueline De Bono
  • 320 g tagliolini (11oz) or tagliatelle
  • 150 g cooked ham (5oz)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 50 g Parmesan cheese (2oz) grated
  • 50 g butter (2oz)
  • 200 ml heavy cream (Italian panna da cucina) (1 cup) you can also use single fresh cream but will need to reduce it or use less.
  • 1/2 handful fresh parsely
  • salt for pasta and to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Put a pot of water on to boil for the pasta. When it starts to boil, add salt and bring to the boil again.
  2. Cut the cooked ham into small pieces. 
  3. In a bowl, whisk the cream together with the egg yolks, salt and pepper.

  4. Add the cooked ham and mix. 

  5. Cook the pasta al dente in the boiling salted water according to the instructions on the packet. Save a cup of the cooking water when the pasta is almost cooked.
  6. Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Add the butter and most of the grated Parmesan cheese. if necessary add a little of the pasta cooking water to get a creamy consistency. 
  7. Put the pasta into a buttered oven dish. Pour over the cream of ham and mix gently. Sprinkle with a little more grated Parmesan.

  8. Bake in a hot 180 ° oven for 10-15 minutes and wait 2-3 minutes before serving the tagliolini au gratin. Serve with a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

The recipe can be made with tagliatelle too.


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    Felicia Austin
    January 22, 2020 5:24 am

    Can I make
    This with spaghetti noodles? What other noodles are similar to yours? I live in Japan so the noodles are a bit different here. What would be the closest you think? Thanks

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    Danielle Wolter
    November 29, 2018 8:50 pm

    This sounds amazing. I love the addition of ham in this. So many awesome flavors and loving how easy it is to make!

    • Jacqui
      November 30, 2018 11:30 am

      Happy you like this recipe Danielle! Yes the ham really adds flavour. Also a great way to use up leftover ham after Thanksgiving or Christmas!

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    November 26, 2018 8:12 pm

    Looks so delicious and perfect for dinner!

    • Jacqui
      November 26, 2018 8:33 pm

      Thank you Natalie! This is a really delicious way to make a baked pasta dinner. I hope you’ll try it!

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    November 26, 2018 7:30 pm

    Oh this looks and sounds marvelous! What a comforting dish to try!

    • Jacqui
      November 26, 2018 8:28 pm

      Thank you Catherine! Yes this is perfect comfort food and so easy to make too!

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    November 26, 2018 7:10 pm

    This is my kind of dinner! Great way to use any leftover ham as well!

    • Jacqui
      November 26, 2018 8:29 pm

      Glad you like it Kristina! Definitely a great way to use up that leftover ham!

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    November 26, 2018 6:44 pm

    Sounds so comforting and hearty – kind of like a baked carbonara.

    • Jacqui
      November 26, 2018 8:29 pm

      Grazie dear Caroline! Exactly baked carbonara!

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    Veena Azmanov
    November 26, 2018 3:05 pm

    I love such amazing things. They are always on my wish list. Sure with the Family.

    • Jacqui
      November 26, 2018 8:59 pm

      Thank you Veena! Yes this is definitely a recipe to try. I’m sure your kids will love it!

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    Krista Price
    November 26, 2018 3:04 pm

    I love the simplicity of this dish, simple ingredients and simple instructions -my kind of recipe! This would be a great way to utilize leftover holiday ham! Love this!

    • Jacqui
      November 26, 2018 9:01 pm

      Thanks so much Krista! This dish is really a winner, simple to make and so delicious!Also a great way to use leftover ham!

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    November 26, 2018 2:39 pm

    Such a yummy winter dinner idea! This is on my weekly meal rotation!

    • Jacqui
      November 26, 2018 9:03 pm

      Thanks Kim! I’m sure you’ll be including this recipe on your weekly meal rotation for some time to come. It’s so yummy and easy to make!

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    Claudia Lamascolo
    November 26, 2018 2:07 pm

    I never had anything like this and it will surely be on my lists of must make soon looks terrific!

    • Jacqui
      November 26, 2018 9:05 pm

      Grazie Claudia! This baked tagliolini is an absolute winner. I’m sure you’ll love it!

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    Mary Bostow
    November 26, 2018 11:07 am

    I think even my very picky oldest son might even like this dish! I can hope at least. looks amazing and makes me hungry.

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    November 26, 2018 9:24 am

    I love such simple and easy dinner recipes especially on really busy evenings after working all day.

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    November 25, 2018 11:25 pm

    I love how easy it is to make and how delicious the finished dish looks! I’m all for easy and tasty recipes !

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    Veena Azmanov
    November 25, 2018 9:33 pm

    Pasta with Ham and Cheese, just cant wait to relish this amazing dish. Will definitely try it out. Delicious.

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    November 25, 2018 7:56 pm

    This recipe is proof that sometimes the simplest dishes are the most delicious. So creamy and comforting!

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    November 25, 2018 7:39 pm

    I love how easy this is to put together and I’m thinking it’s perfect to make when you have leftover ham (like some of us will this time of year). My family would love this! 🙂

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