Sorry, can't help myself…..
With that out of the way, on with the Pasta!
I spent a bit of time pondering a truly creative way to present this weeks dazzling array of pasta dishes.
One choice was a color scheme: starting with white and slowly working through all the hues, ending in black.
The other choice was the order received…..
With that in mind, first in was from Italy. How appropriate! Graziana, of Erbe in cucina, made Italian 'Pasta alla Norma'. This is a Sicilian dish using salted ricotta. Makes me want to go to Sicily…..
I love noodles and greens and cabbage together. And when one is only cooking for two, there can never be enough cabbage recipes on hand. Kitchenetta, From Got No Milk to the rescue: Asian Noodle Salad.
From the allotment of Mangocheeks, in the West of Scotland, we have her favorite herb finding it's way into the pasta: Penne with Lemon Coriander Pesto. Allotment 2 Kitchen is her blog; looks like she's finding her green thumb.
Pam, from Sidewalk Shoes, is doing Asian, too, with Grilled Pork Patties with Lettuce, Noodles, Peanuts and Mint, Hanoi Style. Makes me want to lick my screen….
Maybelle's Mom, of feeding maybelle, reminds me that I have to learn to roast chickpeas. Her Pasta with Roasted Chickpeas, Eggplant, Raisins and Cherry Tomatoes looks and sounds wonderful. And it's 'presto'.
For someone with a bad memory (but uncanny success with herbs). Elizabeth, of blog from OUR kitchen has managed to recount a fantastic Grilled Shrimps in Pernod that she made in the dead of winter: April.
Happy Cook, of My Kitchen Treasures, made a gorgeous, and interesting Taglietelli con pesto trapanese. Aka: pesto with almonds. Doesn't that sound delicious? And healthy?
What to do with the peppers in the fridge? Linguine with Red Peppers, Green Onions and Pine Nuts, of course. This is how Joanne, of Eats Well With Others solved her mother's problem. Well done!
Jessica, of Fearless Kitchen, also has a knack of making something wonderful from the fridge. Pasta Salad with Leeks, Cucumber and Olives was the yummy result. Now, stop nibbling.
Linguine with Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts is the gorgeous entry from Ann, of Pig Pig's Corner, a simple and satisfying dish, as she says so nicely.
Ruth, the founder of Presto Pasta Nights and author of Once Upon A Feast, has put together some of my favorite ingredients to make Spicy Sacchettini with Olives, Arugula and Goat Cheese. And I'll put my crazy against her crazy anytime!
I love a dish that's easy to make and easy on the clean-up! Daphne, of More than Words has the answer: Spicy Grilled Salmon on Mung Bean Vermicelli Salad.
Ahhhh! Rotini Carbonara! What's not to love? Rajeshwari, of Raje's Culinary Adventures, makes this favorite for a school lunch. I should have been so lucky as a child….
Kevin, from Closet Cooking made this fantastic-looking Thai Peanut Pork Noodle Saute. I do love peanuts, peanut butter and noodles…. and mon mari has been craving 'assertive' flavors since his release. Need I say more?
And that about wraps it up!
Oh wait…. I missed me….
I couldn't decide between two Tuna Salads this week…. So, I did them both. This one, New and Improved Tuna Salad, was my personal favorite.
NOW I'm done. If I've missed anyone, my sincere apologies. Let me know and I'll add you immediately – or after lawn mowing, whichever comes first.
Thanks to everyone for coming to play with me.
Check in with Presto Pasta Nights to find next week's host.