Presto Pasta Nights #196 Roundup

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Presto Pasta Nights, the weekly event deliciously started by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast is a showcase pasta dishes that creative bloggers have cooked up in the last week. As I read over the amazing entries this week, one theme begin to emerge: renewal in the new year. Some of you have made resolutions to eat healthier or cook at home more. Some of you adamantly do not make resolutions.  (I don’t make resolutions; I make plans. Plans, I can keep.) Some of you are just wanting to get back to normal after the holidays. I’m right there with you on that one.

Debbie of Debbie Does Dinner made a lighter-style macaroni and cheese that was “comfort food at its finest.”


Jennifer of A Such a Time as This is challenging herself and her family to eat at home all month and made a simple chicken-noodle soup.  


At Green Gourmet Giraffe, Johanna is introducing her little daughter Sylvia to as many different homemade dishes as she can. A few have been a miss, but her Kiddie Veggie Bolognese was a hit, probably because it “combined two of her loves: pasta and forks.”


Andrea has resolved to make more meals with ingredients she has on hand for Nummy Kitchen, and she was able to make  Giada’s Spicy Baked Macaroni without having to buy a single thing. 


Juli at Pictures of a Princess made Roasted Chicken Soup with Homemade Noodles. I’m impressed that she made her own noodles.  


    
Simple, fast and tasty is how Sarah of Taste My Plate describes her Spinach Fettuccini with Pesto and Sautéed Mushrooms. Can you believe it only takes 10 minutes to make?


At Couscous and Consciousness, Sue made her own noodles and ricotta for Whole-Wheat Fettucine with Green Beans, Ricotta & Lemon. She does not, however, make resolutions.

Branny at Branny Boils Over hopes her Caesar Pasta with Romaine and Parmesan becomes one of those dishes that gets passed from blog to blog, because it’s that delicious.

When Lana at Bibberche makes Red Wine Pasta with Mushrooms and Nuts, she can’t help but think of her father and his agricultural adventures.

Stash of The Spamwise Chronicles used “extraordinarily versatile” chickpeas and his “main go-to herb” parsley in Pasta with Chickpeas, Parsley and Lemon.
Needing to please her very demanding clients keeps Katerina at Culinary Flavors searching for new recipes, and her Chicken with Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce over Pasta “is a keeper.”

Claudia at Honey From Rock makes Corn-crusted Panfried Shrimp with Sweet and Hot Caramelized Onions from a cookbook that “gets into all those hot, wild flavors of the tropics, the spice zone.”



Jackie at Crest Cottage Creations, who is participating in Presto Pasta Nights for the first time, has a tradition of making pasta on Mondays, but she likes to make it a new way every time. This week’s pasta was Linguine with Calamari and Garlic. Welcome, Jackie!

Another first-timer to Presto Pasta Nights, Trish at My Slap Happy Kitchen made pasta with her favorite new kitchen gadget and created Pumpkin Fettuccini with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce. Welcome, Trish!
Normally, pasta recipes that claim that only 2 ounces will fill a person up make Joanne at Eats Well With Others mad. But she decided to give Whole Wheat Pasta with Butternut Squash, Ground Lamb, and Halloumi a try and says it’s so flavorful you won’t even notice how little pasta there is.
I made a recipe I hadn’t made in several years, vegan Pad Thai.
Daphne at More than Words spiced up some plain instant noodles with a favorite ingredient – Tom Yum paste – to make Thai Inspired – Tom Yum Instant Noodles.

Tina at Life in the slow lane at Squirrel Head Manor made a mess when she put together her Swiss Linguine Tart, but it was worth it.


At Pots and Plots, Kait paired rotisserie chicken with fresh and dried mushrooms to make Chicken Pasta in a Three Mushroom Cream Sauce “that’s just bursting with flavor.”

LimeCake at A Food Life for One wrote her post somewhere over the Indian Ocean as she headed toward Southeast Asia. How fitting that dishes like her Dry Tossed Noodles with Crisp Tofu Puffs are ubiquitous there.

Gay at A Scientist in the Kitchen often craves sopas, “a Filipino version of minestroni.” In Leftovers make great sopas she describes her latest version.

Ruth, the founder of Presto Pasta Nights, made a version of her Spinach and Cheese stuffed shells using oven-ready cannelloni at Once Upon A Feast. She writes about it in Pasta, Pasta, My Mind Sees Only Pasta.


Our next entry is from Karishma at Effortless Cooking Easy Baking, who is new to both food blogging and Presto Pasta Nights. She made Pasta & Prawn Bake with ingredients she won in a basket from Katrina, who also entered a pasta dish here. Welcome, Karishma!

Bellini at More Than Burnt Toast recalled a trip to Greece and shared her recipe for Whole Chicken Soup With Avgolemono and Orzo.

Caffettiera at La Caffettiera Rosa has been cooking with what inspires her at her corner fruit and vegetable stall and this week made Pasta Tricolore



This was truly an awesome collection of pasta dishes. Thank you for all your entries and another warm welcome to our first timers. I believe there is something to inspire everyone here. Next week, Presto Pasta Nights will be hosted by Heather at Girlichef.

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7 Responses

  1. So many pasta ideas… yum.

  2. wow what a great array of pasta dishes – did everyone make new year’s resolutions to eat yummy pasta dishes :-)

  3. Mmmmm, everything looks so bountiful and nourishing. Sorry I missed your round-up. I’m just lumbering out of post-hols hibernation. Hope you’re having a good start to 2011.

  4. ooo.. what a wonderful round up filled with carbolicious recipes. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Great roundup. A lot of interesting recipes, really!

  6. wonderful roundup… I am getting excited about hosting this event. loved your Roundup.

    CookHealthy.in

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