Friday, January 9, 2009

Presto Pasta NIght Roundup #95 - First for 2009!

The Happiest of New Years to everyone!

I've been suffering from withdrawal without new Presto Pasta Night Roundups for the last couple of weeks. Good thing I could go through previous roundups to try out some that I missed during the year. The holidays are over, and all our resolutions made (or not), and I do hope making and eating lots of pasta is high on your list of things to do in 2009.

Entries for 2009 actually started to arrive before the ink was dry (okay, no ink involved on the web, but...) from PPN 94 hosted by C of Foodie Tots and a giant thanks to her for putting it all together just before the holidays. It goes without saying, HUGE thanks to everyone for sending in great dishes to add to our holiday feasting.

But now it's time to look ahead to 2009 and see what's in store for Pasta, and if this week is any indication, we'll be having a spectacular year. But enough preamble, let's get down to business...I need a pasta fix!

First in this week is Navita of Zaayeka. Actually, she is such a keener, that she submitted it even before the last roundup was posted! The Tagliatelle with Tuna Balls in Marinara Sauce is doubly great because who says "meatballs" have to have meat. This is a great way to start the year eating less meat and not even thinking about it.

Kitchenetta of Got No Milk is also starting 2009 with a healthful dish of Cashew Chicken Fusilli. Don't you love it?!!

Georgia of Oh Kitchen, What Won't You Do? is back after a long hiatus and I hope her New Year's resolution was to be a frequent PPNer. Just look at her Pappardelle with Cabbage, Prosciutto & Sage...awesome.

Rachel, The Crispy Cook and first time PPNer starts the year off with a fantastic dish...for those who can't eat wheat, and those who usually don't like anchovies. You have to try this out...Pasta With Anchovies (just don't tell the non-anchovy eaters).

Katie of One Little Corner of the World, came up with a first...first, not just for 2009, but for all the's a sandwich! BBQ Spaghetti. Check it out!

Kevin, my favorite Closet Cook(ing) made us a healthful, flavor-packed Turkey Pho to start the year off well. And doesn't it look spectacular?

Petra, Food Freak (and aren't we all!) really set the bar high with this great vegetarian dish of Pasta with Chipotle & Red Pepper Sauce. For you carnivores out there...(like me & mine), you'll never miss the meat with that smoky, spicy sauce.

Mila of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) made one of my favorite dishes...can't wait to finish this stage of South Beach will be first up. Lemon Tuscan Pasta with Herb Crusted Chicken. I love it.

Marija of Palachinka really outdid herself. She brought us two absolutely gorgeous dishes. Her Smoked Salmon Ravioli ...

had me drooling even before I got to her awesome Tortellini making Tutorial. Thanks for both of them.

Mary of One Perfect Bite served up this delicious Chicken Paprikash with leftovers from the holidays. A perfect start to the year...Resolution: use what you have!

It's always a treat (visually and in our tummies) when Tigerfish of Teczcape brings something to the PPN table. And this year she starts off with Creamy Mushroom Pasta that looks wonderful.

Ivy of Kopiaste, who will be our gracious host next week...thank you, thank you, thank you. She starts the year with a perfect photo that instantly brought a smile to my lips and has me hunting for giant shells of my own. Check out these lovely Stuffed Pasta Shells. (See the bottom of the post to see how to send Ivy your pastas for next week).

Gloria of Foods & Flavors Of San Antonio is a first time PPNer...welcome! And she brings a lovely comfort dish for the cold weather everywhere...well almost everywhere...Baked Mexican Pasta.

Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums is back with special treat for those who don't have their own pasta makers...she made this Home-made Tagliatelle without one, so now we can too!

Another new PPNer is Erin of Kitchen Disasters and trust me...this dish of Chicken Parmesan & Pasta is NOT a disaster in any kitchen. I can never have too many ways to make this dish!

Haalo of Cook (Almost) Anything is a frequent PPNer and we're always happy to have her join in the fun (She's going to be hosting later this month and I'm excited about that). This week she brings her stunning photo and a new ingredient (at least to me) Barley Couscous with Chorizo & Vegetables.

The Food Hunter made her first Pastitsio. I love it when a dish doesn't just taste good, its looks are a conversation piece.

And finally my own... well, over the holidays, I did make some Pasta Pepe e Cacio ...doesn't it even sound fun?

and a Not Carbonara that was very tasty, but this week we're actually doing a South Beach Diet revisit and carbs for another week.

Oh well, there's next week and how's this for a segue...

Next week's gracious host will be Ivy of the very wonderful Kopiaste in Greece...I think we should all show up at her doorstep - just kidding! You can email your entries to her directly ivyliac (at) gmail (dot) com and a cc to me ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com .

Plus...Don't forget to check all the Presto Pasta Night Roundups dating back to March, 2007, see who's hosting for the next four weeks and check out guidelines and tips for entering and hosting.

If you have any ideas for a topic for Presto Pasta Night, let me know. Facebook members, please visit the
Presto Pasta Gang on Facebook

But for now...bon appetit!


Rachel said...

Man, that's one tasty roundup! I could go for a little smoked salmon ravioli right about now....

Ivy said...

This event is getting better every week. I've seen so many lovely dishes that chefs would envy. Thanks Ruth for giving me the opportunity to host. See you all next week.

melissa said...

This roundup is a fantastic one. I am craving pasta all the time lately, for some reason. I was just commenting on Ivy's that I made the same thing she did last week! I mean, I did half spinach, half meat. Crazy.

I keep forgetting to submit my stuff, but I plan on doing that much more in the new year.

Gloria Chadwick said...

Great Round-Up! So much pasta, so little time...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a great roundup! Happy New Year, Ruth! I'm glad to have once again been able to take part in your event...



Marija said...

Great roundup! Thank you for hosting and creating this wonderful event!

CY said...

Happy New Year Ruth! Sorry I've been absent for a while, been making boring pastas so didn't think they're worthy of PPN status! But I'll defnitely be trying out new recipes this year! Cheers

Pam said...

Great Roundup! I hope to be back next week with some pasta!

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Great little event, I'm eating so much pasta right now. Lets see if I can rustle something up next time!

kitchenetta said...

What a great start to 2009. Happy New Year!

mikky said...

So much recipes to try... thanks for an amazing round-up... :)

Food For Tots said...

What a wonderful roundup! A feast to my eyes!