Linguine is the unsung hero of pasta. Not quite as wide as fettuccine and not quite as skinny as spaghetti, linguine is thick enough to pair with creamy sauces without losing that alluring element of delicacy. While linguine is most often associated with clams, it's a versatile noodle that can be paired with everything from spicy chorizo and saffron shrimp to crunchy cauliflower and earthy mushrooms. Ahead are seven linguine recipes that showcase the noodle in all its glory so you can to take your taste buds to Italy tonight.
Creamy Cauliflower Pasta With Garlic and Roasted Tomatoes
The Hero Ingredient: The creamy cashew sauce. Made with raw cashews soaked overnight, this sauce is 100% vegan and 100% delicious.
The Pro Tip: "If you don't want to slow-roast some tomatoes for this recipe, I'd recommend replacing them with a 1/4 cup of finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil," says Laura Wright, the recipe creator behind The First Mess.
The Recipe: Linguine Scoglio
The Hero Ingredient: The clams, mussels, prawns, and squid. This dish takes the best of what the sea has to offer and puts it all on one delicious plate.
The Pro Tip: "Eat in the company of good friends with wine, abandon, and plenty of fresh bread to mop up the juices," advises Sarah Tuck, the talented recipe creator behind Stuck in the Kitchen.
Chorizo, Prawn, and Chili Pasta
The Recipe: Chorizo, Prawn, and Chili Pasta
The Hero Ingredient: The chorizo. While the shrimp lends this dish a light, summery flavor, the chorizo brings it into comfort food territory.
The Pro Tip: This recipe "is so super quick and easy, but it's packed with lovely, grunty flavors: garlic, chili, smoked paprika, and parsley swirling around the prawns and chorizo with lovely al dente pasta," says Tuck of Stuck in the Kitchen.
Butterless Alfredo Pasta With Peas
The Recipe: Butterless Alfredo Pasta With Peas
The Hero Ingredient: The olive oil. This ingredient is what allows this alfredo pasta to be butterless. The trick is to whisk the olive oil, flour, and garlic before adding the stock.
The Pro Tip: You can "add some grilled chicken for more protein or even some toasted walnuts or pine nuts for a little vegetarian staying power," says Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker.
Linguine With Butternut Squash Vegan Cream Sauce
The Recipe: Linguine With Butternut Squash Vegan Cream Sauce
The Hero Ingredient: The vegan butternut squash cream sauce. Butternut squash and raw cashews that have soaked in water are blended together in this vegan-friendly sauce.
The Pro Tip: "I also really like pouring this sauce over roasted fish and chicken," confesses Jenny Park of Spoon Fork Bacon. "So good!"
Shrimp Linguine With Garlic and Saffron Cream
The Recipe: Shrimp Linguine With Garlic and Saffron Cream
The Hero Ingredient: The saffron. This spice gives the dish its yellow hue and its subtle floral flavor and aroma.
The Pro Tip: "I'm a huge pasta lover, and my absolute favorite thing about pasta is that it's so timeless and classic, and yet at the same time, it has the ability to be so versatile," says Park of Spoon Fork Bacon.
Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Pasta
The Recipe: Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Pasta
The Hero Ingredient: The mushrooms lend a rich, earthy flavor to this pasta that pairs well with the fresh, wilted spinach.
The Pro Tip: "This creamy spinach and mushroom pasta always hits the spot when I'm craving something comforting and quick," says Stephanie Le of I Am a Food Blog. "I love it because the sauce comes together in the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta."