Friday, May 18, 2007

Presto Pasta Nights Roundup #12

Wow, there are now officially a dozen Presto Pasta Night Roundups with so many glorious dishes that I really AM glad I thought of doing this. I want to thank everyone who has participated and hope that you'll all continue to join in the fun and tell your friends to join in too.

I admit it, though, this was a difficult week for me. Doing South Beach Diet, Phase One means NO, I mean absolutely NO pasta. Which translates to...I was drooling even more than usual when I was putting this roundup together. But enough whining, let's get to the PASTA!

First in, in spite of the fact her knee is killing her, is Glenna of A Fridge Full of Food. She proves that even the wounded and sickly can whip up a great meal with a little help from Paul Newman and friends. Here's her Pasta with Frozen Meatballs.

Alisha of Cook, Craft, Enjoy (a great blog) is back with a wonderful pasta dish - so vibrant and tangy...Spaghetti with Mint, Garlic & Olives. I love it.

Sara of I Like to Cook is here with a story that made me smile. I too, love to have Food TV on in the background and I too, end up having to improvise when I realize I'm missing some (or most) of the ingredients. Here's her Rigatoni con Verdura inspired by Jamie Oliver.

Kevin of Closet Cooking joins us for the first time - a BIG welcome! He's from Toronto, so that alone is close to my heart. Plus he's got a great blog. He brings a wonderful light dish of Lemon Spaghetti.

Chris of the fabulous Mele Cotte is back with the perfect lunch (actually, I'd love it anytime) - Baked Chicken & Orzo Salad.

It seems everyone is having warm summery weather but us. The talented Bread Chick is back with her always interesting microwave pastas (she's living in a dorm during the week, but that's her story to tell, I'll just share these great recipes). This one is EasyPeasy Pasta Salad.

Lisa of Food & Spice is a first time PPNer - Welcome Lisa, glad you found us. This fabulous Pasta & Feta Casserole is stunning. I can't wait to try it.

Katie over at Other People's Food is back with a very excellent Farfalle with Cremini, Asparagus and Walnuts. Lucky for us, her husband makes her try ingredients she wouldn't normally eat.

Tigerfish of Teczcape is back again - lucky us!!! This time she shares a glorious looking Tom Yum Glass Noodle dish with tofu and shrimps. I'm drooling!!!

Abby of Eat the Right Stuff is back as well. It's always a treat and today's dish is a perfect "Ladies Lunch" (okay, the guys would love it too). This time around it's Open Ravioli with Asparagus, Minted Broad Beans and Prawns.

Another newcomer, Chemcook over at An Italian in the US shares this great looking dish. Of course the name will confuse some of us - Broccoli Pasta, Sicilian style - because really it's filled with cauliflower.

Becke of Columbus Foodie shares a secret...the way to use leftovers in a whole new way. We all have to try this Strozzapretti Alfredo with Sausages & Veggies. It looks awesome!

Sher of the wonderful What Did You Eat? is back with this way too beautiful Ravioli with Vegetable Puree & White Herb Sauce. I just love looking at it!

Lorraine of Italian Foodies shares this very wholesome and beautiful Spaghetti all' Amatriciana.
I just love the look of it, don't you?

Haalo of Cook (Almost) Anything returns with the prettiest Trofie al Pesto. Even those of us who have never successfully made our own pasta can be a star with these. In fact, I plan on doing it with whole wheat flour as soon as I'm done with South Beach Diet, Phase One (one more week to go).

Even though I didn't make any pasta this week, I decided to share some of my personal favorites. Okay, I only shared three and I really love every single imaginable pasta, but I was getting too tempted and had to quit. One more week and I can really participate.

I will be adding late additions to this week's Presto Pasta Night until Saturday. Any I receive after that will be part of next week's PPN Event. So don't forget to join in with the rest of us Presto Pasta Nighters. It's easy and fun. Remember that ALL noodles dishes count as pasta and "presto" or "lento" (I think that means slow) are perfect.

Good thing I checked my Spam folder...I found 2 more entries that definitely don't belong there!!! First is S from Bird Food with this great Pasta with Red Peppers & Italian Sausage Sauce.

And then there was Deborah over at Taste and Tell with this Cheesy Goodness. I'm drooling and probably adding some calories (bad, since I'm dieting!) just by looking at it.

Two Mac & Cheese dishes in a row. Rebeca of Dinner in the Yellow House would love a trip to NYC but will settle for making every Mac & Cheese recipe from S'mac where all they serve is mac & cheese. This one sounds awesome with my favorite Manchego.
Somehow technology has not been my friend...2 entries in spam and this one from Freya over at Writing at the Kitchen Table got missed altogether! And what a pity that would have been. This quick Penne with Courgette (or Zucchini) & Peas looks divine.

Find out how right here. In the meantime...Happy Pasta Eating!!!


Glenna said...

Great roundup Ruth! thanks for all your work in spite of not being able to eat pasta right now yourself.

Chris said...

Another great round up, Ruth! Yummy!