Originally from the Campania region of Italy, linguini (or linguine) is a type of pasta that translates from Italian into English as “little tongues.”

As creepy as that may sound, linguini is actually a wide, flat, and thin-shaped noodle that can have the same length or thickness as spaghetti, but tends to be marginally wider than spaghetti, and not quite as wide as fettuccine.

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Traditionally, spaghetti is paired with heavier sauces, such as meaty Bolognese Sauce or classic marinara sauces (and you can check out how to make your own Fresh Marinara Sauce while you’re at it).

Linguine, on the other hand, tends to pair with lighter sauces, and pestos. Don’t worry — if you’re wondering How to Make Pesto Without Cheese — It’s Easy!

Below, we’ve put together five excellent vegan linguini recipes from our Food Monster App, and then included a few different sauces and toppings recipes we know will pair marvelously with plain linguine below. Which dish are you most tempted to make?

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1. Coconut Curry Linguini

This Coconut Curry Linguini has the texture and creaminess of a fettuccini Alfredo, but with Thai ingredients and flavors like rice noodles, coconut milk, red curry paste, and lime. It’ll quickly become one of your favorite dishes to whip up last minute when you want something easy that packs big flavor.

2. Creamy Beet and Dill Linguini

This recipe for Creamy Beet and Dill Linguini tosses the linguini in a vibrant, creamy beet sauce and garnished with fresh dill and radishes. Because of its beautiful color, this pasta is great for a romantic evening or just a nourishing dinner for two.

3. Lemon and Walnut Linguini With Roasted Broccoli

This recipe for Lemon and Walnut Linguini With Roasted Broccoli is light but delicious. Roasting the garlic mellows and sweetens it, and the toasted breadcrumb-walnut mixture gives the whole dish a depth of flavor. As this is a deliberately simple pasta dish, use the best quality ingredients you can find – locally-grown garlic and juicy organic lemons. Rather than store bought bread crumbs, save a couple of slice of sourdough from a loaf and make your own. Find some high-quality linguine, too!

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4. Linguini With Greens and Chickpeas

This recipe for Linguine With Greens and Chickpeas makes a great weeknight pasta dish that is healthy, hearty, and crunchy (thanks to the almonds).

5. Creamy Thai Pesto Linguini

This Creamy Thai Pesto Linguine is delicious comfort food at its best. This dish is made with chewy soft rice noodles, creamy thick coconut milk, and fragrant Thai basil pesto. It’s the perfect fusion of Thai and Italian.

6. Pistachio Pesto Pasta 

This Pistachio Pesto Pasta showcases just how harmoniously pesto pairs with long thin noodles. Pistachios, spinach, and fresh basil pesto top this amazing gluten-free pasta dish. It’s so easy to make, so it’ll save time on busy weekdays!

7. Tofu “Shrimp” Scampi

Traditionally, linguini pairs extremely well with seafood and light sauces. This Tofu “Shrimp” Scampi recipe could easily be adapted and made with your favorite linguini.

If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out all these Italian Sauce Recipes — they won’t disappoint. Also be sure to read this guide on Pasta: How to Avoid 8 Common Cooking Mistakes.

Are you as obsessed with noodles as we are? Get out The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Noodles! for all some awesome articles about noodles! We also highly recommend checking out Food Monster app, a food app available for both Android and iPhone. The app has over 8,000+ vegan recipes with 10+ recipes added daily as well as cooking tips, you’re going to find something you love. Give it a try!

Lead image source: Coconut Curry Linguini