History of Linguine

October 11, 2023

Linguine is a type of pasta that originated in Italy. The word "linguine" itself means "little tongues" in Italian, and it is characterized by its flat, narrow shape. The history of linguine is closely tied to the broader history of pasta in Italy.


Pasta, in various forms, has been a staple of Italian cuisine for centuries. While the exact origin of pasta is a topic of debate, it is widely believed that Marco Polo introduced pasta to Italy upon returning from his travels in China in the 13th century. However, some argue that pasta-like dishes existed in Italy long before Polo's time.


Linguine, specifically, is thought to have originated in the Liguria region of Italy. Liguria is known for its coastal cities, including Genoa, and seafood is a significant part of the local cuisine. Linguine's flat shape provides a good surface area for clinging to sauces, making it well-suited for seafood dishes.


The production of linguine involves a process of mixing semolina flour and water to form a dough, which is then rolled out and cut into the distinctive flat strands. Traditionally, pasta-making was a labor-intensive process carried out by hand, but modern production methods have streamlined the process.


Linguine has become popular worldwide and is often featured in a variety of dishes beyond its Italian origins. Its versatility makes it a favorite choice for various sauces, from simple garlic and olive oil to more complex seafood or tomato-based sauces.


In conclusion, linguine has a rich history deeply intertwined with the development of pasta in Italy. Its origins in Liguria and its association with seafood reflect the regional influences that have shaped Italian culinary traditions over the centuries.


Here is a recipe for a seafood linguine dish!



- 8 oz linguine pasta

- 1 lb mixed seafood (shrimp, scallops, mussels, etc.)

- 2 tbsp olive oil

- 3 cloves garlic, minced

- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

- 1/2 cup white wine

- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth

- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Red pepper flakes (optional)



  1. Cook the linguine according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.


  1. Add the mixed seafood to the skillet and cook until shrimp turn pink and scallops are opaque.


  1. Pour in the white wine and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes to reduce slightly.


  1. Add cherry tomatoes and chicken or vegetable broth to the skillet. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.


  1. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes if you like a bit of heat.


  1. Toss in the cooked linguine and fresh parsley. Stir everything together until well combined.


  1. Serve immediately, garnished with additional parsley if desired.


Enjoy your delicious seafood linguine!

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