Our 8 Best Linguine Recipes

Our 8 Best Linguine Recipes

Although thoroughly Italian in origin — having originated in the Liguria region of Italy — America celebrates the beloved linguine pasta every year on Sept. 15.

Liguria's culinary specialties, in general, are known well beyond its small state borders; for instance, it is said that the original lasagna noodle (first made with chestnut flour) originated in the region. Oily rich focaccia bread and pesto (specifically from the province of Genoa — i.e. pesto Genovese) are specialties as well.

The shape is similar to that of fettuccine, but not as flat or as wide (linguine is only about 4 millimeters in width), and the word linguine also means "little tongues" in Italian. Linguine is also traditionally designated to seafood and pesto dishes since the Mediterranean coast and climate foster both an abundance of seafood and basil.

How should you observe, you ask? Simple: Cook up a big pot of linguine! 

Aglio e Olio With Linguine

This is a simple pasta recipe where thinly sliced garlic and red pepper flakes are infused with a generous amount of extra-virgin olive oil. Once tossed with the pasta, breadcrumbs and parsley are added for garnish. For this recipe, click here.

Alfredo Sauce With Linguine

Make this super easy version of alfredo sauce with just cream cheese, butter, milk, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Click here for the recipe.

Butter Poached Lobster With Linguine

This recipe screams indulgence: Lobster cooked in butter tops perfectly al dente linguine.
For this recipe, click here.

Linguine Puttanesca

Sal Scognamillo, author of Patsy's Italian Family Cookbook tells us, "It's an oft-told story that puttanesca is named for the 'working girls' of Naples who had to throw together a meal quickly between customers. But the sauce was so popular because of its tantalizing aroma that it drew in the clientele!" For this Linguine Puttanesca recipe, click here.

Linguine With Clams, Mussels, and Peppers

Linguine with clams is a classic that's easy to prepare and delicious any time of year. This Italian pasta dish gets a bit of an update with the addition of mussels and sweet bell peppers, but it still comes together very quickly once all the prep is done. Click here for the recipe.

Linguine and Spinach Pesto

This spinach pesto comes together in just minutes while the pasta cooks. It's quick, easy, and delicious. For this recipe, click here.

Simple Linguine With Shrimp and Lemon Oil

In this recipe, shrimp is cooked in olive oil, shallots, and garlic until tender and pink. Then cooked linguine, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper are tossed together before adding fresh, peppery arugula. Click here for this recipe.

Spicy Crab Linguine With Basil

This dish has fresh, clean flavors and is best eaten with crusty bread and a glass of chilled white wine. For this recipe, click here.