This Paglia e Fieno pasta dinner recipe goes from box to your plate in only 30 minutes. With its fragrant basil, toasted pine nuts and Parmesan, you’ll be going back for more.
What is Paglia e Fieno?
This recipe is what happens when you find a delicious looking pasta and you really want to give it a try. In this case, we found this Giusto brand Tagliatella Paglia e Fieno Pasta at Home Goods. Yes, Home Goods. They aren’t just full of wonderful housewares. They also have some speciality food items.
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Apparently, Paglia e Fieno means “straw and hay” in Italian. You can see it clearly below. The yellow pasta is an egg based pasta and the green pasta is a spinach-based pasta.
Because there is egg in the pasta, this isn’t a vegan meal. Always check your pasta. Most pasta is vegan, but there are some that use egg so you’ll need to watch for those.
Have a look at Taste Atlas to learn more about where Paglia e Fieno originates and the history.
Quick pasta dinner ingredients
To make this easy dinner, you’ll only need a few ingredients.
- Tagliatelle Italian Egg Pasta
- Fresh Basil
- Pine Nuts
- Garlic Salt
- Cracked Pepper
- Parmesan Cheese
- Olive Oil
We grow basil in the Aerogarden. It’s really nice to have fresh herbs growing year-round. It only takes a month to fully grow and harvest a batch of basil. This time, I only had three plants so I couldn’t make pesto but this worked beautifully. Learn more about the AeroGarden.
AeroGarden Harvest Elite
This Aerogarden Harvest Elite is the perfect size to get started. It has positions for six plants and will accommodate up to 12″ height which is enough for basil, romaine lettuce and cilantro. It’s a great way to try out soil-less, in-home growing.
I quickly cut up the basil by using some kitchen shears in a bowl. Very simple!
The basil bruises easily so I wouldn’t want to do this with a salad, but I was putting it in the pan immediately so it worked well.
I had no idea there were so many different types of pasta like this. The two on the right are the ones I used here.
You could use any of these pasta types or use another pasta you prefer. Linguine, fettucini or even farfelle or rotini, especially if you’re looking for a vegan meal.
More pasta meals
Pasta is so easy to turn into quick dinners so I have several ideas for you.
- Instant Pot Vegan Noodle Soup
- Easy Leftover Rotisserie Chicken
- Prosciutto and Portobello Mushrooms Pasta
- Loaded Instant Ramen Sausage Bowl
Paglia e Fieno Pasta Dinner Recipe
- 6 ounces Tagliatelle Pasta Paglia e Fieno
- 4 ounces Pine Nuts
- 4 tablespoons Olive Oil divided
- 2 ounces Fresh Basil chopped
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
- 1 teaspoon Pepper cracked
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
- Begin water according to package instructions for pasta and cook pasta for 5-6 minutes. Drain.
- In large dry skillet, on medium heat, add pine nuts. Stir frequently until fully toasted, about 3-4 minutes. Watch to ensure no burning. Remove pine nuts to bowl. Set aside.
- Add 2 TABLESPOONS olive oil to same skillet. Add chopped basil. (Baby spinach could be substituted.) Cook over medium heat until wilted, about 3-4 minutes.
- Into skillet with basil, stir in pasta, garlic salt and pepper. If pasta seems too dry, add remaining 2 TABLESPOONS olive oil. Remove from heat.
- Stir in Parmesan cheese and serve.
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