Friday, August 14, 2009

Roundup: Presto Pasta Nights # 126

One hundred and twenty six weeks in and still going strong! It is my pleasure to host Presto Pasta Nights for a second time. To see my first PPN round up, click here. This week is chock full of more great pasta recipes. Let me tell you about them...

Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe shares a recipe for Creamy Spinach Walnut Pasta. Johanna uses her tried and true combination of walnut and cottage cheese. When combined with spinach, it makes for a creamy pesto-like sauce. Sounds delicious.

Mikky from My Finds shares Tocini with Malunggay Marinara Pasta. Interestingly, tocino is a cured meat native to the Phillipines and malunggay is eaten like spinach and contains Vitamin C and other minerals. Some flavours I'd definitely like to try.

Amelie shares her Homemade Rice-a-Roni, one of her signature dishes. I was lucky enough to actually taste this dish as R and I went over to Amelie's for dinner tonight! This versatile dish is a total crowd-pleaser and the toasted almonds give it a nice little crunch.

Kevin from Closet Cooking makes a strong case for combining shrimp, feta and tomato sauce. His Baked Shrimp and Feta Pasta is inspired by the Taste of the Danforth, a Greek festival held annually in Toronto.

Chaya from Sweet and Savoury Says it All serves up her Triple Cheese Pasta Bake. This dish combines white cheddar, parmesan and yogurt cheese for a delightful cheese-filled dish that is sure to get you salivating.

Rita from Mochachocolata-Rita shares her recipe for Baked Pasta with Fish, Bacon and Cheddar. Although she is still perfecting this dish, it looks delicious to me.

Here's a dish brought to you by my mom, Giz, who co-blogs with me at Equal Opportunity Kitchen. Surpassing her own expectations with this Fettucini Pescatora, Giz is probably still dancing around the kitchen with excitement for this dish. I'm impressed mom -- put this on the menu for my next visit.

Gilli from So So Simple Food shares The Best Lasagne Yet. With its three sauces, Basic Meat and Tomato sauce, Mushroom Sauce and B├ęchamel with Grated Cheese, I'm really starting to crave some lasagne.

Debbie from Dining with Debbie shares a Spaghetti Salad. This recipe comes from a cookbook fundraiser for a project called “Safety Zone", which provides an immediate safe house for abused children when they have been removed from their homes. A great cause, indeed.

Ruth, the creator of Presto Pasta Nights, shares Curried Spaghetti Sauce on her blog, Once Upon a Feast. At first glance, this looks like a traditional marinara sauce, but this dish also incorporates flavours like curry leaves, cumin and coriander. This is a combination I'd like to try with pasta.

Pam, the creator of one of my favourite blogs, Sidewalk Shoes, submits Fusilli with Eggplant, Pine Nuts, Currants, and Capers. Understandably, this dish has turned around Pam's original dislike for eggplant.

Val from More than Burnt Toasy always makes enticing dishes and this one is no exception. This Pesto Pasta Salad is perfect for the summer season. Val explains that "...although it is basic, it is packed with flavour. It is also a "light" dish because it uses yogurt instead of mayo".

Libby from The Allergic Kid features recipes and tips for certain allergies. This week, she shares her Alphabet Soup. This dish combines nutritious ingredients with fun alphabet pasta.

Sarah from What Smell So Good shares a vegan version of Macaroni & Cheese. Although it's still being perfected, it is a good reminder that I need to get out of my typical omnivorous box.

Mangocheeks (I love the name) from Allotment 2 Kitchen made her Spicy Broccoli Pasta Frittata that not only looks delicious but features fresh veggies from her garden. Go check out her blog to see more pictures of her garden -- they're beautiful!

Daphne from More Than Words shares not one but TWO pasta dishes with us. The first is her Garlic Chili Aglio Olio Spaghetti. It only contains four ingredients, but much like Daphne says, "Sometimes the best comfort food is the simplest".

Daphne's second dish is Cheesy Baked Pasta with Bacon, Mushrooms and Peas. Since it's winter time in Australia, Daphne has been craving baked pasta. She uses a reduced calorie cream sauce option that sounds delicious.

Here's my contribution to this week's roundup, Spaghetti with Cajun Chicken. This dish is quite simple, but the cajun seasoning packs a punch and pairs well with the tomato base and feta cheese. Can't wait for leftovers tomorrow!

Joanne from Eats Well With Others submits her my Pistachio Pesto Pasta with Butternut Squash to this week's PPN. Joanne and I share a proclivity for green sauces and tries out a pistachio pesto, which sounds very interesting.

Bergamot from Cooking Escapes and Delights shares her Tiranga Pasta. With India's Independence Day (August 15th) right around the corner, this patriot dish celebrates the orange, white and green colours of the Indian flag.

I think/hope I got everyone's entries! Thank you to everyone for participating in this week's roundup!

Kudos to Ruth for initiating and continuing to organize such a great weekly event. To view all of the previous 125 roundups, check out this link. Next week's host with be Katie from One Little Corner of the World. StumbleUpon


Shaheen said...

Such a lovely round up and so many blogs to check out.

Thank you so much for being a wonderful host. I have enjoyed participating.

daphne said...

Fabulous round up!!

Thank you for hosting- a job done really well!

Ruth Daniels said...

Once again, great job hosting this week's roundup. Thanks a million!

As to all the entries...they are awesome as are the great cooks who sent them in. Thanks everyone for sharing...and ....what's on the menu for next week?

Amy said...

Even though I didn't participate, just wanted to say great job, Psychgrad! Another fantastic round-up.

All the dishes look so delish.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

What an array of tempting dishes Psychgrad. We all appreciate your hosting this now "classic" event.

Mrs. L said...

So many wonderful pasta recipes to try. Wonderful round up!

FOODalogue said...

I eat pasta a couple of times a week...I don't know why I'm not participating in this event? And how did I miss that fettucine pescatora?!

test it comm said...

Great roundup!

Hillary said...

Terrific roundup! Thanks so much!

Gloria Baker said...

Absolutely lovely pastas round up!

All look yummy!!! Gloria!

Dharm said...

Superb roundup! I'm just sorry I didnt join in this time...

pam said...

Wonderful round - up!

Pam said...

Now I am really craving pasta - they all look so delicious.

Libby said...

What a lovely round up, thank you!

noble pig said...

Wow an amazing bunch of recipes as always!

Johanna GGG said...

Lots of gorgeous dishes here - it is making me hungry - thanks for a wonderful round up - but could i ask you to correct the spelling of my name

Green Gourmet Giraffe

Unknown said...

I can never get over the diversity of recipes that are in the roundups. Impressive cooks share here.

Psychgrad did a fabulous and responsible job hosting. Thanks.

We are always indebted to Ruth for keeping this going. It is a wonderful sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a great roundup! I love PPN!!!