Recipe: Wholewheat Tagliatelle with Rocket & Hazelnut Pesto (Vegan)

Tagliatelle with Rocket & Hazelnut Pesto | Vegan & Vegetarian

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganThis simple pasta dish is a winner – bright, fresh, lemony pesto with a hazelnut crunch.  Pasta with pesto can be a little dry and cloying, but this one is thinned with water for a more sauce-y consistency, (rather than gallons of olive oil, which would taste amazing but take its toll on your arteries!).

Peppery rocket is available all year round in supermarkets, but you could substitute in any seasonal green leaves or fresh herbs – watercress, spinach, kale, basil or parsley or a combination of any of those would work really well too.  Rocket is also incredibly easy to grow, and now is the time of year to be thinking about getting hold of some seeds to plant when the weather warms up a bit.

Read the label carefully when choosing your dried tagliatelle – it seems to be the only dried pasta shape which often includes egg, (usually dried pastas are vegan and only fresh varieties contain egg). But most supermarkets will stock at least one vegan version so it is worth checking all the different brands!

Tagliatelle with Rocket & Hazelnut Pesto | Vegan & Vegetarian

And if you want to make a double batch of pesto it will store well in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days – pour olive oil over the surface of the pesto to create an airtight seal which will keep the pesto fresher for longer.

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Tagliatelle with Rocket & Hazelnut Pesto | Vegan & Vegetarian
Tagliatelle with Rocket & Hazelnut Pesto
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Servings: 2 people
Author: Kate Ford | The Veg Space
  • 250 g dried tagliatelle pasta (check it is vegan)
  • 50 g hazelnuts
  • 50 g rocket
  • 1 tsp garlic purée/ready-chopped garlic
  • ½ tsp salt and grinding of black pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 ml water
  • 25g vegan parmesan or 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
  1. Fill a large saucepan with boiling water and a generous pinch of salt, then add the tagliatelle. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes until just cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile heat a small, dry frying pan and toast the hazelnuts until starting to turn golden brown. Discard any papery skins that fall off in the pan. Set aside 6 hazelnuts and 8-10 rocket leaves for garnish.
  3. Add all the remaining hazelnuts and rocket leaves, plus the garlic, salt, lemon juice, olive oil, water and vegan parmesan (if using) to a blender or food processor and blitz to a smooth paste. Add a little more water if required to give it a pourable ‘sauce’ consistency. Taste for seasoning and add a little more salt if necessary.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, drain and return to the saucepan. Pour in the pesto and toss through the pasta until it is fully coated. Divide between two plates, roughly chop the reserved hazelnuts and rocket, and scatter these over the pasta before serving.

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  1. I did parsley and hazelnut pesto last week – must be the season for hazelnut pestos! Love the idea of using rocket – its my favourite leaf! Lovely supper idea!

  2. This looks so fresh and tasty – rocket and pesto sounds like a fantastic combination.

  3. Oh this pesto looks fab. With the uncertainty about tainted pine nuts, I really like this idea of using hazelnuts instead!

  4. this pesto looks amazing, ill go out shopping for ingredients tomorrow to make my own!

    Abigail Alice x

  5. I love rocket and this recipe sounds delicious. I will be giving it a go very soon…. my meal plan for next week is coming along nicely #CookBlogShare

  6. O what a beautifully flavored pesto! Yum!

  7. Looks delicious. So much nicer than any pesto you get out of a jar!

  8. This looks so delicious and healthy. I hadn’t realised that you could use hazelnuts in a pesto so learnt something new.

  9. What a gorgeous looking meal Kate – I love the seemingly endless types of pesto that can be made. I have your book and love it – so exciting!!! #CookBlogShare

  10. Pasta is 15 minutes, this is my kind of recipe! Never added hazelnut to pesto before, great idea.

  11. The image of the pesto with hazelnuts looks so delicious, coming back after 15 min 🙂

  12. Looks absolutely amazing Kate, so fresh and delicious!
    Angela x

  13. Oh this looks so good! I love the simplicity of it but with pesto you really do not need many more ingredients, it is perfect as it is. This is a must try! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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