Even if you don’t know a lot about Italian food (other than that it’s delicious), you’re sure to be aware that there are several types and shapes of pasta. Depending on how you count, there are anywhere from 350 to 600 pasta shapes! That’s a lot, even if you go for the lower end of the count. But today, we’re going to look at one type in particular: linguine. Why today? Because September 15th is National Linguine Day! Linguine is one of the most common pasta shapes, and it’s the base for some of our favorite dishes, so we understand why it deserves its own day.
Let’s start with the name.
One of the most delightful things about Italian food is where the names come from, especially when it comes to pasta. The names of pasta shapes usually describe what they look like. For example, the word linguine means “little tongues” in Italian. And if you think about it, the flat but slightly rounded shape of linguine strands does look like a little tongue.
Now let’s take a look at recipes and sauces that go best with linguine.
It’s all about the sauces.
Although it is wider than spaghetti, linguine is a more delicate pasta because of its flat shape. Because of that, you usually find linguine paired with lighter sauces. The wide, flat shape holds creamy sauces well, even the richer sauces made with ingredients like heavy cream and cheese. The sauce can easily coat the surface of the pasta, distributing the texture and flavors. For the same reason, linguine is often served with pesto. Although it’s not unheard of, you are less likely to find linguine with tomato-based and meat sauces.
It’s seafood’s favorite pasta.
When you add protein to pasta, it’s important to pair the right protein with the right pasta shape. The thin, flat strands of linguine are perfect for delicate proteins like seafood. One of the most popular pasta and seafood dishes, shrimp scampi, is usually made with linguine. Linguine is also often paired with shellfish, such as clams, scallops, and even lobster. The flat strands hold the delicate pieces of shellfish without overwhelming the flavors and textures of the seafood.
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