Black fig and chilli tagliatelli

Black fig and chilli tagliatelli

Serves4 Origin Fusion
Preparation 10mins Heat rating (Medium)
Cooking 20mins Ease (Very easy)
Vegetarian Yes


1 good pinch Crushed Bird's Eye Chilli
400g tagliatelli pasta
6 over-ripe black figs
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
large pinch dried chilli
125ml double cream
sea salt and freshly ground black
½ lemon, juice only
½ bunch purple basil
½ bunch green sweet basil
200g parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler
extra basil leaves


Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and drop in the pasta. Cook accordings to the packet instructions

Meanwhile, remove the stems from the figs and chop into quarters and then into eighths. Gently heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan, then add the garlic and lightly fry until sticky and just golden. Add a pinch of dried chilli and the chopped figs. Gently fry for about one to two minutes.

Add the cream and lower the heat, bringing the sauce to a simmer. Season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Add a few of each of the different basil leaves and stir to combine.
Drain the pasta and add to the sauce, tossing to combine and coat the pasta.

Adjust the seasoning to taste, serve and garnish with a few more basil leaves and shavings of parmesan cheese.

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