Linguine con Uovo Sode (Pasta with Hard-Boiled Egg)

Pasta dishes always sound far better, and rather more enticing, when described in Italian. This clearly has something to do with the word ‘pasta’ being virtually synonymous with its country of origin. However, let us not kid ourselves; describing a dish in another language, especially a rather romantic one, does give one a sense of expertise and an air of authority. Having said that, I jolly well hope that my Italian is, at least on this occasion, correct.

As was mentioned in a recent post of mine, I am trying to make more frequent use of the eggs our chickens produce. This, combined with my desire for a filling but healthy bowl of pasta, provided the inspiration for the recipe you will find below. Linguine, though a little more expensive than your bog-standard spaghetti, is a real winner and I believe I’ve developed what can only be described as a healthy fetish for it. Linguine has so much body and, in my opinion, provides one with the perfect balance between spaghetti and tagliatelle. Though, if one is on a particularly tight budget, a little basic spaghetti would not offend.

I find that pasta is, more often than not, considered to be a rather summery ingredient. It is often paired with tomatoes and basil – quintessentially summery ingredients. This assumption appears to be entirely unfounded, since pasta, of any sort, is an ideal vehicle for any number of flavours. Indeed, this dish encapsulates some rather wonderful rich and wintry flavours while managing to stay true to its most endearing quality. That is, its ability to transcend the usual limitations of simple flour mixtures, by being extremely light and delicate.

Linguine con Uovo Sode

Serves 1


• 70g linguine, spaghetti or fettuccine will do

• 1 small clove of garlic, finely chopped

• A twist of lemon juice

• 1 egg

• A little finely chopped parsley to garnish

• Olive oil

• Seasoning


1. First, you’ll need to hard boil your egg. To do this place an egg in a small pan and very nearly cover it in water. Bring the water to the boil and continue to simmer for 6 minutes. While the egg is boiling pop the linguine on to boil. When the pasta is nearing completion gently fry the garlic in a generous dose of olive oil. Add the pasta to the frying pan when it is cooked through, drizzle over the lemon juice, season and transfer to a suitable bowl. Peel the egg and chop into quarters or eighths, place over the pasta and garnish with parsley.

Cost: Simple pasta dishes never cost very much and here the case remains the same. Assuming you don’t have a ready supply of free eggs, this dish ought to set one back no more than around 60p. Not bad for a thoroughly delicious lunch.


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84 comments on “Linguine con Uovo Sode (Pasta with Hard-Boiled Egg)

  1. thelittleloaf
    February 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I’ve never heard of this dish before but it looks beautifully simple. And a wonderful way to use (and showcase) fresh eggs.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks. I think simple pasta dishes are the best.

  2. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    February 7, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Love simple pasta dishes like this – great idea for eggs … and a good lunch!

  3. lazygastronome
    February 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

    The second time this week I’ve been tempted by having an egg on pasta. Today boliled, yesterday fried. Alas, Mrs G doesn’t fancy the idea much. Good job I’m working at home alone today!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Well, you ought to give it a go then. I hope it went down well.

  4. Chica Andaluza
    February 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Lovely – would never have thought of serving pasta with an egg and now I´ve seen this I´m also thinking one of my hen´s eggs, softly poached and sitting on the top….!

  5. cookinginsens
    February 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Those eggs are perfectly cooked!

  6. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    February 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Eggs look amazing!

  7. Michelle
    February 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Beautiful! And with 10 hens currently laying, I’m always looking for a new egg dish. Thanks.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Wow, that’s a lot of eggs :D. I love it!

  8. denlyn3
    February 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Taste and simple, keep them coming.

  9. thewholebagofchips
    February 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I am 100% Italian (American) and I have never heard of this before! It looks and sounds amazing!! The eggs are done perfectly. We do put crushed boiled eggs in our soup on holidays though, and my mother puts it in her lasagna as her mother does. I will have to try this one!! I love that it’s budget-friendly, as usual! Thank you for sharing it!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      To be honest, I’m not sure it’s a traditional dish – I just like the name :D.

  10. epicureanbliss
    February 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    MMM this looks so yummy. There are few things I love more than pasta tossed with a light garlicky sauce, and eggs make everything better. I’ll definitely be making this!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks. You should – I thought it work beautifully.

  11. Marina@cowboycountryvegetarian
    February 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Can I use a word elegant for this dish? That’s how I see it, very elegant, light, and incredibly flavorful… Great post!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Oh yes, you can most happily. I think that’s a great way to describe it.

  12. Dana
    February 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I love this dish… such simple and fresh ingredients make this pasta sound like such a delicious meal!

  13. Joanne Ozug
    February 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve never seen this done before, it’s so smart. I love anything with eggs!!!

  14. baconbiscuit212
    February 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Your eggs look amazing. What bright and cheerful yolks! And I LOVE that you left the yolks a little soft. Great dish.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks, bacon. I thought it might work better if they were slightly soft.

  15. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    February 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Those eggs are so pretty I almost teared up! What a great way to use them.

  16. spree
    February 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Inspired! This looks and sounds comforting and delicious! It’ll be finding its way to our table.

    • spree
      February 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      By the way Frugal Nick, very nice photos!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks, I do try. Do let me know when it does 🙂

  17. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    February 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    So simple, and I’m sure, very delicious!

  18. 35aweek
    February 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I made something quite similar last night. I don’t like hard-boiled eggs, but my husband does, and we’ve got a fridge full of eggs from our hens. Should’ve thought of this!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Awesome! Quite a lot of people don’t like hard boiled eggs – these were slightly off hard though.

  19. mommywritervkent
    February 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I cant wait to give this a try! Thanks for sharing

  20. Conor Bofin
    February 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Lovely recipe. I love the simplicity of the dish, the perfect eggs and the excellent photography. Oh, and the price really appeals too.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks, Conor. I’m glad you like the recipe.

  21. Corina
    February 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I’d have never though to pair pasta and hard-boiled eggs. It does make a nice easy meal though, and I agree that linguine is much nicer than spaghetti, which I can never work out why as it’s all pasta in the end, but I’m just not so keen on it!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Neither had I until now. I can’t work it out either…

  22. carolinajade
    February 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    How lovely! I was just reading a similar recipe in one of my favorite French cookbooks.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Haha, lots of people seem to be finding similar recipes – I guess it makes mine legitimate 😀

  23. daydreamsandshoestrings
    February 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my site…I wanted to return the favor. I was pleasantly surprised to find LOTS of food and recipes 🙂 I can’t wait to catch up on your previous posts!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      No problem. I do hope you catch up and give me some feedback 🙂

  24. saladcheese
    February 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    It’s inspiring to see pasta that hasn’t been obliterated by gobs of sauce and toppings. Simple and elegant–that’s the way to go (most of the time).

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Exactly, that’s my philosophy when it comes to pasta.

  25. k.m.
    February 7, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I just read about a similar dish in a magazine, it was Spanish and had saffron in it, and perhaps also parsley. This looks to be much more reasonable, saffron is so expensive. Looks gorgeous and filling.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Ah, well I promise I didn’t steal it :D. Saffron is expensive and a little overrated…

  26. Lonely Wife Project
    February 8, 2012 at 12:03 am

    You just fixed my “what do I make for dinner” crisis!

  27. Chelsea @ Naturally Sweet Recipes
    February 8, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Love this recipe, looks amazing! Love that it’s simple and pretty easy!
    Love your blog!!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks! Simple pasta dishes are often the best.

  28. Katerina
    February 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Protein and pasta make a perfect combination! Pasta is such a versatile ingredient you can create practically anything with it! This dish sure looks and tastes deliciously! You have a beautiful collection of recipes in your blog!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      They do :D. I’m glad you think so, I love some of my recipes 😀

  29. threeblondesandatomas
    February 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    beautiful eggs!!! i can’t wait to someday have my own chickens so i can have beautiful, fresh eggs to eat all the time!!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks! It really is worth keeping them – they are so low maintenance.

  30. Beirut Eats
    February 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    This is my absolute favorite! And salade frisée aux oeufs pochés

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Oh cool, someone who has tried it :D. Rare.

  31. qs1998
    February 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Sweet, Salty 'N Sour and commented:
    This recipe looks so yummy, you all should try it!

  32. Jenevieve
    February 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve never heard of this combination before, but I’ve actually wondered if there was an egg/pasta dish out there (other than egg yolk ravioli). So glad to see there is, I’ll have to give it a try!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Apparently there is, I invent to order by the way.

  33. leduesorelle
    February 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Terrific idea, your inventiveness never fails to make me hungry!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks! I shall try to maintain this 😀

  34. mrswebbinthekitchen
    February 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    What a fresh idea. Love this. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Thank you – I’m sure I shall be back.

  35. Clarisse@TheTummyTrain
    February 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Yum! Those eggs look absolutely fresh without a doubt. 😀

  36. mondomulia
    February 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Just a tiny correction: the title should be Linguine con uova sode! 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      February 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Uovo is the singular, no? I only used one boiled egg.

  37. Meenakshi
    February 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Great recipe! I have never used hard boiled eggs in pasta. And I agree with your about the summeriness of pasta…and they do sound better when described in Italian!

  38. Tanya
    February 27, 2012 at 2:04 am

    One of my former roommates used to add scrambled eggs to his pasta and I was always thought it was the strangest thing, but maybe I am the strange one for being so skeptical about it!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

      That is a little strange – this would taste quite different I think – give it a go 🙂

  39. Gia
    March 2, 2012 at 3:51 am

    This is right up my alley! Beautiful egg shots 🙂

  40. chrid
    June 30, 2012 at 1:18 am

    this loks like a great recipe and I can’t wait to try it. I have done a version just letting the pasta cook the eggs (like carbonara) but would like this variation I’m sure……one thing though- with all the pots and pans and gas your recipe involves, why isn’t that included in the cost as well? It might equal the cost of the ingredients.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks! Are you seriously suggesting that I work out how many meals I’ll cook in 20-30 years (which is how long the pots and pans will last) and factor that in? Ok, I’ll add a penny to every meal. I don’t add energy costs, because on a meal by meal basis they are also basically negligible. Besides, you’re going to use energy whatever you cook. Unless you’re suggesting it would be cheaper to get a takeaway?

  41. Sarah Larkin
    April 15, 2015 at 2:34 am

    And I thought I was the only one who ate hard-boiled eggs with pasta! This is a nice twist, and I’m making it right now!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Great – did you enjoy? I think the combination is fantastic.

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