Dickson woman creates pasta biz named for dog. From banks to linguine.

Louie’s Linguine is a handmade Dickson County-based pasta company owned by Lauren Cowan.

Lauren Cowan arrived in Middle Tennessee nearly a decade ago. A career in banking was her motivation. 

Now, she makes food for a living.

“I named a pasta company after my wiener dog, Louie, and it has become my entire life,” Cowan said. “I never imagined it would do this well.” 

Cowan, 31, owns Burns-based Louie’s Linguine. She makes pasta from scratch. And she’ll teach you how to make it, too. Her transition from an office and managing financials to the kitchen and handling pasta is about perseverance, a quality product, and Dickson County’s growth. 

“I never planned to transition out of my banking career,” Cowan said. “I started Louie’s Linguine as a hobby and decided to sell pasta at markets just for a little extra money. I never thought it would become a full-time business.” 

Lauren Cowan, owner of Louie’s Linguine.

‘I truly work seven days a week on pasta’

Cowan grew up in Virginia, attended college in North Carolina and moved to Nashville in 2013. She had visited the city multiple times and fell in love with it. She started work in finance to “pay the rent” and remained in that line of work for 11 years. 

Cowan had always enjoyed making and trying new foods. About three years ago, she focused primarily on pasta. 

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