Friday, March 4, 2011

The Big Presto Pasta Night Bash

It's been grand!!! Twenty five awesome dishes from so many wonderful bloggers. What a party!!! Some have made Presto Pasta Night the great roundup that it is by sharing many a delish dish over the years. Others are first timers and I hope they plan on showing up for many more. Thank you all for making the party such a success. Without further ado... grab a plate, a fork, a bib and manga!

Graziana of Erbe in Cucina was first to arrive with a very lovely Gorgonzola & Walnut Pasta so creamy and aromatic.
Abby of Eat the Right Stuff brings another great party dish - Mac 'n Cheese but with a very party addition - pancetta, one of my fave ingredients!
GirliChef really outdid herself this week with a Tomato Garlic Soup with Tortellini that has my eyes popping out of my head.
Apparently my secret love of all things garlic is out...Krithi of Krithi's Kitchen also made a very garlicy dish that looks awesome... Spaghetti with Roasted Garlic & Homemade Marinara Sauce.
Tina from Life in the Slow Lane shares yet another perfect party dish - Sausage & Ravioli Lasagna. One can never have too many kinds of pasta in one dish, can they?
Kirsten of From Kirsten's Kitchen to Yours is back with news of a new place... with a garden and a heavenly dish of Whole Wheat Pasta with Pistachio Cream Sauce. I'm drooling.
Tigerfish of Teczcape has been coming to PPN ever since we started and every time she does, we drool over her gorgeous looking and tasty dishes. Thanks for sharing this Home-style Fried Rice Vermicelli.
Andrea of Nummy Kitchen shares another of my favorite pasta party food... Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells.
Tandy of Lavender & Lime is a first time PPNer and whipped up a wonderful dish of Crayfish Pasta... savor each bite slowly - crayfish are hard to find.
Claudia of Honey from a Rock made this wonderful Maccheroni alla Chittara e Bottarga - it even sounds delicious.
Raji, of Vegetarian Tastebuds is another PPN newbie and brings this very tasty, very sneaky way to get kids to eat their spinach... kudos!... Tri-colored Pasta with Spinach.
Lana of Bibberche must know I have a serious attachment to anything shrimp and anything pesto. I used to be a basil purist, but this exotic Pasta with Shrimp & Cilantro Lime Pesto (with a secret ingredient) really has my attention.
Katerina of Culinary Flavors shares a great post, lovely photos and a dish I can't wait to try... I just have to get some ouzo first... Shrimp/Lobster with Feta, Ouzo & Pasta.
Pam of Sidewalk Shoes came to the party with Creamy Skillet Chicken Pasta that has me slurping and drooling.
Jen of Tastes of Home brings much welcomed Summer to a blustery, wintery Nova Scotia. Thanks so much for sharing your Hiyashi Chuka with us.
Krista, the Beet Reporter, made a lovely lime caper fettuccini to help us celebrate the occasion.
Tahemeem of Not so Gourmet is a first time PPNer with a great dish of Mini Farfalle with Tomatoes & Corn that I'll be trying very soon.
Deb of Kahakai Kitchen added a Ming Tsai (I love his cooking) twist to garlic shrimp with this Lemongrass Shrimp Scampi with Pappardelle.
Pratibha of Recipes from Pratibha's Kitchen is yet another PPN newbie and she made a very interesting Cheesy Pasta , this is not your ordinary "mac 'n cheese". Check out the ingredients that add a powerful punch.
Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe in Australia with all the changes in her life and all the recent natural disasters that plagued the country still found time to share a very special dish of PPN Spring Rolls with Vermicelli!
Joanne, who always Eats Well With Others brought a particularly awesome looking dish. Her dish of Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash, Ricotta & Lemon Garlic Sauce is awesome. Although her post is about portion control... I'm not sure I'd be able to pass up seconds.
Kankana of Sunshine & Smile really did bring a very festive dish to the party - Mini Rotelle Pasta Muffins. I mean could you get any more fun?
Cook with Pia made this terrific Bread & Macaroni Salad for our birthday bash. What an excellent choice for any potluck.
Straight from Kamu's Kaivannam is a wonderful Fettuccine with Spinach & Mint that will satisfy the kid in all of us.
Michelle, The Italian Mama Chef brought this simple Pasta with Peas & Pancetta that has me drooling.
And of course how could I miss sharing a pasta dish of my own. I first posted about Lamb Merguez Pasta way back in 2005 - long before I ever came up with the idea of Presto Pasta Nights.
This truly has been a great event and, although I don't have loot bags for everyone... other than the fantastic recipes, of course.... I do have three wonderful presents to send out to three randomly chosen guests. Randomly chosen because each entry is a winner and I couldn't possibly choose just one based on merit alone. Check out Presto Pasta Night to see what our wonderful sponsors are giving away as presents.

And as one party ends... another begins. Next week Sarah of Maison Cupcake will be hosting. Send your entries to sarah (at) maisoncupcake (dot) com and cc ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com by Thursday, March 10


Heather S-G said...

What a perfect birthday celebration!! Happy 4 and here's to many more. Everything looks carbalicious ;)

Ty'sMommy said...

Happy Birthday, Presto Pasta Nights & Ruth! Wonderful roundup, everyone!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

So many stunning dishes to choose from Ruth. Congratulations on 4 years of such a time-honoured event!!!!!By the way I am enjoying your new look:D

Michelle B said...

Happy Birthday! I wanted to participate in the festivities, but too much going on and time got away from me (as usual).

Recipes are much better than loot bags!

Ruth Daniels said...

Thanks, all for the good wishes - I couldn't have done it without you!
Bellini Valli - I'm still working on the look and tidying things up, but the focus for the last couple of weeks was the big party.
MM I missed your great dishes too, but there's always next week ;-)

Kirsten Lindquist said...

lovely lovely roundup ruth! Happy Birthday PPN!

Tastes of Home (Jen) said...

Great round up Ruth! Everything looks fabulous, a great birthday celebration for sure :)

Sammie said...

There is NOTHING I love more than pasta. These dishes are making me starving! I love the idea of using ravioli as a lasagna.

Raji said...

Great celebration Ruth...being first timer I enjoyed a lot and looking forward to participate in further events.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Happy 4th! What a fun party and gorgeous round up Ruth--so many wonderful and different dishes. You should be very proud of yourself and of PPN--here's to many more years of pasta goodness! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Oh my word. I think I gained 10 pounds just looking at this post. Thanks for including me and I can't wait to try some of these. Thanks to everyone who helped Ruth celebrate!

Claudia said...

What an awesome round-up party Ruth, and congratulations on the 4th Birthday. May we have many more!

Kankana said...

WOW Ruth .. some display that is .. it's making me hungry. Awsm celebration :)

Johanna GGG said...

happy birthday and congratulations on a wonderful achievement - glad to see such a lovely spread for the celebration - now I feel like pasta for dinner

and thanks for the cookbook - am very excited to be one of the prize winners!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! Looking forward to next week's round up :)

Joanne said...

Happy 4th birthday to PPN! I think this round up definitely exemplifies all of the variety that pasta can bring to one's life. So many shapes, sizes, colors, flavors. it's amazing.

tigerfish said...

Happy Birthday to PPN! Can I blog grew up with PPN? ;p gosh....4 yrs....

Thanks for the delicious round up!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Fantastic round up, so many interesting pasta dishes! I love the PPN spring rolls!

Lana said...

Great round-up! I cook so much pasta that I always need new ideas. These entries should keep me satisfied for a while:)
Happy Birthday to PPN, and many more to come!

Susan said...

Congratulations on PPN's 4th anniversary, Ruth!
Another diverse and delicious round-up. I hope to participate again very soon.

a moderate life said...

Oh my goodness me ruth! what awesome recipes. I certainly should NOT have read this on an empty stomach! Thanks for sharing with us all and congratulations on four years of presto pasta! Hugs! Alex

anandy1 said...

ashomness....even though i wasn't even there.lolz. but sounds like an awesome party with alot of food.