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Welcome to my second Presto Pasta Nights roundup.
I am so happy to be hosting again and seeing all the creative and inspiring pasta dishes from all over the world.
Isn’t the internet great?
Well without any further ado and ramblings on my part, here is PPN #132
Nancy from gaga in the kitchen sent in a quick and easy Soba Noodles, which she whipped up on her lunch break at home. I love the combination of the sweet and salty flavors she used in her sauce.
Foodfreak Petra, all the way from Hamburg Germany, is sharing her decadent Mac and Peas Carbonara. Petra found a random box of macaroni in her pantry, and since her husband is not too fond of cheese (what?) she decided to make some mac and peas instead.
The lovely Graziana of Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with Herbs) is sharing her Cheese and Basil Pasta. Each shell is bursting with cheesy deliciousness. I don’t even have to taste this one to know it is an instant winner in my book.
Next up is Cincinnati Chili from Shelby aka HoneyB of The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honey bunch. Shelby tried out an interesting chili recipe from Cooking Light, the secret ingredients are cinnamon and chocolate! Served over spaghetti, this certainly is far from a conventional chili, however the verdict was 2 thumbs up from Honey and Grumpy.
Ann of Pig Pig’s Corner has a lovely pasta dish that features her new favorite ingredient, Fig Balsamic Vinegar. Check out Ann’s blog to find out how to make her Figgy Angel Hair Pasta with Tomberries, Artichokes, Courgettes, Shrimps & Pine Nuts.
Let’s move on to Marye of Baking Delights, who with a fridge so bare it was echoing, whipped up this fabulously creative fall inspired Pumpkin Gnocchi with Spicy Chipotle Sauce. Healthy, quick, and flavorful, this pasta hits all the right marks in my book.
The next dish was sent to us by our dear blog friend Sophie of Sophie’s Foodie Files. As usual Sophie has something creative and delicious to share, this week it is Mixed Pasta with Courgettes, Garlic, Ricotta, and Mint. This has so many of my favorite ingredients all together on one plate, I just love how creamy it looks!
Nuria of Spanish Recipes has made Rossejat de Fideus, which loosely translated mean toasted noodles. Nuria tells us that this is a typical Catalan dish and is made by toasting noodles in some oil and then cooking them in fish stock. She served this with an alliolo. One look at that picture and I knew that I was going to have to try this out.
This dish from Eating Pleasure features one of my favorite types of noodles, the udon. After suffering an accidentally burnt chicken, Little Inbox recovered by still preparing her spicy gravy and smothering it on some udon noodles instead of chicken. What a hearty and delicious looking impromptu meal!
Deb over at Kahakai Kitchen shared one of her favorite comfort foods and an Italian classic, Capellini Con Cacio E Pepe, which is basically just pasta with cheese and pepper. I don’t know about you, but I am with Deb, when I am tired and hungry I also crave carbs in a major way, usually in the form of pasta. So keep this recipe around for the nights when you want quick, comforting, and delicious. I think it will hit the spot.
Continuing with our Italian classics, Abby from eat the right stuff has made a hearty chicken amatriciana using some leftover roast chicken. Abby explains that the trick is to make a really intensely tomato flavored sauce so that eat bite packs the maximum punch.
Macaroni and cheese seems to know no bounds, since Daphne of More than Words enjoyed some this week down under in Australia. The possibilities for mac and cheese truly are endless, and Daphne’s version, Cheesy Baked Broccoli Macaroni, also includes squid and prawns. Yum, yum, and yum.
Friend and fellow Craving Ellie in My Belly girl Chaya of Chaya’s Comfy Cook Blog is sharing with us her gluten free version of mac and cheese, Mickey’s Macaroni and Cheese. Mickey Mouse that is, and what better thing to serve Mickey than something with cheese! He is a mouse after all. If this sounds crazy, then check out Chaya’s post and it will all make sense.
Next in the roundup is Katerina from Culinary Flavors who is sharing her E.T. Pasta au Gratin. She named this E.T. since it is easy and tasty, and it sure does look great. What is more mouth watering than a crispy yet creamy cheesy crust like that?
Presto Pasta Nights creator Ruth of Once Upon A Feast sent in her divine looking Pasta with Shrimp and Lemon Sauce. She had to keep dinner simple since she was preparing to head out to Prince Edward Island to cover their Fall Flavours Festival for foodtv.ca’s blog. How exciting! Enjoy some good food for all of us Ruth!
This week Katie from Thyme for Cooking, the Blog featured her creation of Pasta with Forest Mushrooms and Zucchini. Katie is also looking for some advice on buying a new camera, so if you have any for her, go on over to her blog and help a girl out.
And another seafood pasta creation, this time from our friend Margaret from the lovely blog Tea and Scones. With her own fabulous looking homemade pasta, she made Pasta with Shrimp and Basil, in a light white wine tomato sauce.
Feeling reminiscent of her time in Jakarta, Lidia of Bianca’s and Jordan’s Mom recreated one of her favorite dishes she associates with that time. Mie Kangkung or Water Spinach, Chicken, and Mushroom topped noodles. I will admit that I have never heard of Kangjung or water spinach, but I trust Lidia that this is delicious. It certainly looks like something I would like to try.
And last but not least, Joanne over at Eats Well With Others shared her Coco-Peanut Butter Noodle Salad. She was inspired by a recent Mark Bittman column touting the virtues of peanut butter and it’s infinite uses. Like Joanne, I could also eat PB all day every day. So this PB noodle salad looks delicious to me.
Thanks to everyone who sent in their dishes this week, you all came together to make a delicious looking round up.