Linguini with Barba di Frate

By 7. April 2015 November 15th, 2016 From my kitchen, Savoury
having some time off over the easter holidays was so good for body, mind and soul… i took the “time off” quite literal, in that i unwound and enjoyed time with friends and families, and did not much else, really. needless to say, there was a lot of feasting involved, too. i’m feeling a little overindulged (if that’s a proper word), so as of today, i’m focusing on drinking more water (one of my resolutions anyway), sticking to more fruit and vegs and minimizing my chocolate intake (which was heavily exercised during the past couple of days, ahem). going back to healthy habits is sometimes tough, but i know i will feel that much better soon, so i am focusing on the effects to keep me motivated (also, the notion of me in a bikini – which, atm, is a frightening though, no kidding – kind of helps, too). oh well, i love me some good chocolate, sighs.

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this pasta dish here with barba di frate – or is it monk’s beard for you? – is spring on a plate, really. intense in flavor and bite, the greens nicely switch up my pasta routine. add a little extra lemon – juice and zest – for extra freshness.
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linguini with barba di frate
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1 bunch barba di frate
300 g linguini (i used monograno)
3 tbs olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 glasses of white wine
1 glass pasta-cooking-water
1 tbsp. vegetable bouillon
2 bay leaves
1 organic lemon, zest and jucie
fleur de sel
parmigiano reggiano, grated
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clean the barba di frate and remove the roots. cook the linguini al dente in generously salted water. keep one glass of the cooking water and put it aside before draining the pasta. in the meantime, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and sweat the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent. deglaze with the white wine. add bay leaves and vegetable bouillon. reduce the heat, then add the barba di frate to cook until al dente, for 3-4 minutes. at the end, add the lemon juice and zest and add some or all of the pasta water, as desired. season with more salt and freshly cracked black pepper. drain the pasta now and add to the stock, immediately. discard the bay leaves. arrange on plates and garnish with parmigiano. serve hot and enjoy.


  • This looks wonderful – so full of flavour yet so simple!

  • dear millie,
    count on millie to make the day a little brighter… thank you!
    it's a wonderful dish. do you get barba di frate where you live?

  • Sini says:

    Monk's beard is really hard to find here in Finland. Luckily, my mom brought a bunch with her all the way from Munich's Viktualienmarkt! Monk's beard is such a wonderful spring produce and I can't wait to turn it into a delicious dinner. This pasta looks fabulous!

  • Anonymous says:

    hi – where did you buy the barba di frate? I want to try it since a long time but do not know where i can buy. tx

  • hi

    probably depends on where you're based? around here in switzerland, you get it pretty much everywhere as it comes from italy. sometimes they even sell it on farmers markets or in supermarkets. i got mine at globus delicatessa in zurich. special vegetable retailers should stock it is my guess.

    hope that helps

  • dear sini

    you are so lucky! such a treat. the best gifts and souvenirs are always food gifts, right?

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