Linguine della via di Grotta Pinta 45

To tell you about this plate of pasta I need to take you back a couple of years. Back to when I was living in Rome, Italy. I had moved there to learn how to speak Italian, and I rented the most beautiful tiny tiny one bedroom apartment right in the centre of Rome, just around the corner from Campo de’ Fiori. My bedroom was my living room, and my living room was my kitchen … and it was a really small kitchen.

I didn’t have any fancy kitchen appliances or large set of spices, just the very basic: one frying pan, one pot for the pasta, one knife, one small little fridge, salt, pepper, chili flakes, olive oil and a pot of fresh basil in a glass jar in my window (the jar fell down on the roof of a car on my last day in that apartment, but that’s another (very expensive) story). The strange thing with this small kitchen is that I cooked some of the best meals in my life there.

Like this pasta. It is the most simple and basic pasta recipe I know, but it is also my favorite. All you need is a couple of fresh vegetables, some garlic, a can of Borlotti beans and some fresh basil. There are a couple of tricks that make this dish special: 1. Use the best vegetables you can find (make sure the tomatoes smell tomato). 2. Chop the vegetables in large chunks. 3. Don’t let the vegetables saute too long, they should just be tossed around a couple of times in the hot frying pan. 4. Use a lot of olive oil to bring out the flavors.

By the way. I did learn Italian and that made me so proud (even though I have already forgot half of it). I also met Luise there during my last month. Half a year later she moved to Stockholm and now we have a baby girl together.
That is the strangeness of life. I moved to Rome to become Italian and ended up having a baby in Stockholm with the most beautiful danish girl I have ever seen.

Now, let’s eat!

Linguine della via di Grotta Pinta 45
Serves 4

linguine for 4 persons (nowadays we use a gluten free buckwheat linguine)
olive oil
1 onion
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 zucchini
10-15 mushrooms
5 large tomatoes
2/3 cup of Borlotti beans
1/3 cup olives
fresh basil
salt and black pepper
parmigiano-reggiano (or pecorino if you prefer that)

Prepare the linguine according to package directions, but set it aside one minute too early. Chop the onion, zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes in large pieces. Chop the garlic and divide it into three small piles. Saute the onion and zucchini in a large frying pan with some olive oil and some of the garlic at high heat for a short while (around a minute), then pour it over to an empty plate. Without cleaning the pan add some more olive oil, some of the garlic and the mushrooms, saute for about a minute then pour it over to the plate with the zucchini. Add a little bit more olive oil to the pan, the rest of the garlic and the tomatoes. Saute for no more than a minute and then add Borlotti beans, olives, fresh basil, zucchini, mushrooms and the linguine. Stir it around. Add salt and pepper and let it all stir together for another minute. Serve immediately with some grated parmigiano.

Photos by: Johanna Frenkel


  • Iris
    I made this over the weekend, but replaced the linguine by organic whole kamut penne. so simple, but so damn lovely. my absolute favorite pasta dish from now on! thanks!
    • Thank you Iris! Glad you liked it. Sounds like a good idea with kamut penne, I'll try that next time. /David
  • Made this last night! It was simple & oh so good! I'm falling head over heals in love with your blog. Thanks for sharing! Sarah
  • camilla moen
    Namnam !! This looks so good :) I just found ur blog and I know that I will be making "trying" to make some of your recipes. I can wait :D
  • polishko
    This was one of the most delicious recipes I have tried in my life!
  • mac attack
    nu har jag lagat min första greenkitchenmiddag. vill ha soppa till lunch, skriv om soppa. ha det sweet i italy (så jävla dåliga på fotboll!) hlsn. från lidköping /mac
  • FANTASTICO! Such beautiful pictures, your recipe and description is great! Thanks for sharing
  • I just discovered your site through foodbuzz and I am in love. Your photos are extremely beautiful and they all seem to just capture life with especially nice lighting. And the food. looks. delicious. All of it! Not to mention healthy! Thanks for a wonderful blog, I am definitely adding you to my favorites and my blogroll.
  • beautiful dish - simple is such a lovely philosophy in cooking.
  • Wow, thank you for all your comments!! I will save the story about the pot of basil that fell on the car roof for another time. But to give you a hint of it, I will just tell you that I was renting the apartment from a member of the Italian Mafia (or so I belive), therefore the expensive part ...
  • Beautiful dish and an even more beautiful story. Thank you much for sharing.:)
  • Good God this looks delicious! But then again, so does everything you post!! I am hoping my life story is as interesting as yours :)
  • What a great pasta course that looks like! I wanna eat it right away.
  • First time here. This looks healthy and delicious. Something my family will enjoy.
  • Sweet story and gorgeous pasta... you make me want to live in Europe, at least for a little while :)
  • That looks so healthy and delicious!
  • Living in Rome sounds dreamy! This pasta dish looks PERFECT! :)
  • Yum. Tasty!
  • One more thing - I gave you a Happy 101 Award! It was given to me, and now I am passing on the joy. Follow the link to my blog for all the details! Have a wonderful day :) - Kim |
  • such a cute story :) You both are so great and I loved reading that little snippet of your life!
  • So beautiful. Some of the best meals I have ever made were in our kitchen when we lived in London. It was a more generous space than your Roman one, but extremely spare by American standards. I had a tiny refrigerator so I had to shop every day and I LOVED how fresh everything I made tasted. I love the big chunks here served with the long strands of pasta. So enticing!
  • Proof positive that you don't need a fancy kitchen or fancy cookware to cook fabulous food! Love the story, and love the dish!
  • This looks so fresh and delicious! YUm! I do agree with you, because when I had a smaller kitchen and refrigerator then I was challenged more. I think I like the challenge! ;)
  • Lovely looking dish! It's exactly the way I like eating and cooking pasta too - simple and fuss-free, using ingredients you mostly already have at hand.
  • I love your blog and I think I can smell the Linguine. hmmm. delicious
  • Noa
    What a lovely story! The food looks great, too.
  • Oh yum! This recipe goes straight to my "I have to try this" list! :) Pasta is my favourite dish and this version looks divine! I like your story but I'd love to hear the expensive one too! ;)
  • I absolutely adore this story, and this pasta looks divine. As always, your blog has positively charmed the socks off me. Lovely. Thank you for sharing your time in Italy with us! -Kim |

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