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Tagliatelle al pesto e yogurt

This is another fabulous recipe from my favourite pasta cookbook, Gino's Pasta by Gino D'Campo.

I have been kindly given permission to publish three recipes from this must-have book and this recipe has become my quick go-to recipe for evenings when I don't have much time, but want something really tasty. It has been enjoyed by everyone I have served it to and I hope you will enjoy it too.

This sauce is particularly special when made with homemade pesto, but I often make it with a jar of emergency store cupboard pesto and it is still full of flavour and such a delight.

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Tagilatelle al pesto e yogurt

This is a really special pasta dish that can be made in a flash on busy evenings and is packed with flavour. The recipes includes homemade pesto, but you can use jarred pesto. Just skip the first four ingredients.
  • 60g fresh basil, leaves only
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 1 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 130ml extra virgin olive oil (I prefer a milder olive oil)
  • zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 100g greek yogurt
  • 400g tagliatelle
  • salt & pepper to taste
1. Place the basil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor. Drizzle in the oil and blitz until smooth.2. Transfer the basil mixture into a large bowl and fold in the lemon zest and yogurt. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.3. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and tip into the bowl with the yogurt pesto. Toss everything together for 30 seconds to allow the pesto to coat the pasta evenly.4. Serve immediately.5. Enjoy!
Total time: (If using jarred sauce. Add 5-10 minutes if you are making your own pesto.)

Yield: serves 4

a bowl of tomato and roasted red pepper pasta sauce

If you like this recipe you may like my tomato and roasted red pepper pasta sauce.


  1. I LOVE love LOVE Gino's pasta dishes, each one so simple but so full of taste! Can't wait to give this one a go!

  2. You will love this one too then Emmy. It really is a fab book, isn't it?

  3. Oooh, I really like Gino, have liked him since his 'Ready Steady Cook' days. Looking forward to trying out this recipe, thanks for sharing this Jac.

  4. It is that Simply Food :)

    It is a lovely easy one Michelle and so good :)

  5. Lovely! I've had pesto pasta on the menu plan for this week too but I like the sound of the addition of yohurt.

  6. It is lovely and creamy Chele, but I think it is the lemon that really makes a difference :)

  7. Anything with lemon in has my instant vote Jac! That looks just my kind of meal, as I am a big pasta fan.....I LOVE your bowl too.

  8. this looks great! When we lived in north america I always used to get annoyed that they did pesto with cream, but naturally, once I had it I got to like it.. But this is a great idea to make it a little more healthful with the yoghurt. We picked up some great pasta recently from a new market here in London - Maltby St market - so on Saturday, pasta day, here at yogi kitchen this will be on the menu! Thanks Jac!

  9. I am a big fan of lemon in dishes too Karen. I only recently got the bowls, I love them too :)

    Great Adam, I know you and Theresa will love it.

    I thought you guys had already headed to India.

  10. That sounds really good. I love home made pesto but have found the shop bought stuff I've bought in the past is a bit too bitter or something. But mixed in with the yogurt, I expect it would work really well.

  11. Homemade pesto, i think i've never tried that! It good to know a veggie Non-Indian blogger... I'm tired of cooking our regular food and its hard to find veggie recipes otherwise.

  12. It is good mixed with yoghurt and lemon Chocolette, but is always even better with homemade.

    Hi Priya, there are lots of links to other fabulous veggie bloggers on my sidebar, so you should visit a few of them as well for ideas :)

  13. Thank you for your entry to Presto Pasta Nights - this looks like my kind of dish :-)


  14. That's sounds delicious Jac. Looking forward to seeing the other recipes from Gino's book. It may have to go on my Amazon wish list.

  15. Yogurt and pesto sounds like a great combination.

  16. Thanks Sarah, I am looking forward to the roundup :)

    You have to get it Janice, it is such a great book. I love it :)

    It works really well TB :)

  17. Never thought to add yoghurt... I definitely will next time. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  18. I haven't had pesto for quite some time. Must have soon. It's quite difficult to get hold of it here in Thailand though, especially if you don't live anywhere in Bangkok. Great dish!

  19. Oh, must go see the roundup Ruth, glad you reminded me :)

    That is a shame Gay. I bet there are a few things you miss.


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