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Presto Pasta Nights No. 96 Roundup

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I have been following Ruth’s Presto Pasta Nights since I started blogging, more than a year ago and it was and is one of my favourite Food Events. Pasta is so versatile that all you need is little imagination and little time to create a delicious meal.  It is amazing how pasta transforms around the world, each country using its own spices and ingredients, making pasta dishes unique and local.

Presto Pasta Nights is a very popular event and I did expect a lot of entries but I was very surprisingly happy to get so many entries, not only from my friends but also from other bloggers whom I am looking forward to becoming  friends with, as well.

There were many lovely dishes and to my surpise nearly all dishes were cooked in a very healthy way, incorporating dried legumes and vegetables in them.  The dish that featured the most this week was pasta dishes with aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) but there were also a lot of other very original creations, which you will enjoy, when you visit your fellow bloggers during the weekend and see what they have created.

Honouring the brainchild of Presto Pasta Nights, Ruth, of Once Upon a Feast, I am starting with her recipe and the others are with the sequence they came in, except mine which are the last two.

Ruth, is still dieting and is offering us a suggestion of a Sicilian-Style Broccoli Rabe, with whole wheat pasta.

Ruth, I wonder how you can stick to your diet with all these delicious pasta dishes you read every week?

Joanne, of Eats Well with Others, has made a Babaganoush-Hummous Pasta with Penne. Joanne is a new blogger who loves to organize her meals in advance as she lives in cold Boston and does not want to go out shopping everyday and she decided to combine to of her favourite food eggplant and hummus with pasta making this lovely dish.

L.K., of Food 4 Tots, has made a Rainbow Seafood Pasta Salad. She has used lovely, colourful ingredients, pasta shells and prawns and combined them with her homemade Thousand Islands Salad Dressing.

Nancy, of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs has made Pasta All’ Aglio e Olio, inspired by Mark Bitterman’s Linguine with Garlic and Oil.

Marie, of Starchy, has prepared a Vietnamese Shrimp Noodle Salada, adapting It from a Nigella Lawson’s recipe.

Kitchenetta, of Got no Milk, has made a lactose free Taos Chick Pasta.

Dharm, of Dad, Baker & Chef, has made Spicy Pasta with Meatballs. Dharm made his pasta using his tried and tested Aglio e Olio recipe together with meatballs.

Val, of More than Burnt Toast, has made Basil Cream Sauce with Chicken Pasta.

Daphe, of More than Words has made Sun Dried Tomato Salmon Pasta.

Gloria, of Cookbook Cuisine, has made Chicken Cacciatore.

Zhulaiha, of Epicurean Escapism, has made a Whole Wheat Fettucine with aglio e olio.

Pam, of Sidewalk Shoes, has made a Thai Beef Stewed with Noodle.

Katie, of Thyme for Cooking, made a Greek style Shrimp, Feta and Greek Olives pasta dish.

Sara, from Imafoodblog, has made Cavatelli with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto, Turkey Sausage & Broccolini.

Maria, of Kali Orexi, has made a Greek pasta dish Soutzoukakia me Hilopitakia.

Psychgrad, of Equal Opportunity Kitchen, has made Orzo Capreze Salad.

Tigerfish, of Teczcape – an escape to food, has made Stir Fry Pasta with Chicken, Shrimps and Greens.

Abigail, of Mamatouille, has made a Fussili-ed Pumpkin Curry Stew.

Ning, of Heart & Hearth, has made a Carbonara Pasta with  Bacon and Leeks.

Mary, of One Perfect Bite, has made Thai Rice Noodle Bowls.

Ben, of What’s Cooking, has made An all American pasta dish, making his own pumpkin pasta.

Marye, of Baking Delights, has made Pasta with Spinach and Chickpeas.

Abby, of Eat the Right Things, has made a very simple but delicious Chorizo and Watercress Linguine dish.

Finally, the host, Ivy, of Kopiaste… to Greek Hospitality (that’s me 😉  I have made two pasta dishes.  The first one being a virtual tourist, I have made a Polish pasta dish called Kluzki z Kapuska (Pasta with Cabbage), and

the second one Kokkinisto, which is a Greek traditional beef/veal stew. I combined it with tomato based rose petal shaped pasta.

Thanks everyone for participating and thanks to Ruth for allowing me to host this week!

Don’t forget to submit your pasta dishes to the next host of Presto Pasta Nights, who is Haalo, of Cook Almost Anything.

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Friday 1st of January 2010

The best article I've read on the very first day of the year. Thanks :)

Happy new year


Tuesday 22nd of December 2009

cool pics


Tuesday 20th of January 2009

You did a wonderful job hosting! Lovely pasta dishes, everyone. I swear, and I always say this, I'm going to submit something this week. I'll remember! :P

Bellini Valli

Monday 19th of January 2009

Wonderful roundup of all delicious pastas this week sis. I haven't participated in the event for quite some time so thanks for the reminder to get more tasty pastas on my table:D


Monday 19th of January 2009

Wow! Lots of delicious entries this week! Thank you for a wonderful round-up! :)

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