The theme for October's Pasta Please challenge was fusion: any pairing of pasta with something other than the traditional Italian sauces was fair game. I had a feeling this was going to be a good theme, and I love the fact that the results are all so completely distinct -- no two dishes even came from the same part of the world.
Don't forget to check out the November edition, hosted by Cate of Cate's Cates, who's challenging us all to make our own homemade pasta. Since there's almost nothing nicer than absolutely fresh pasta, I'm really looking forwards to this one.
Now, on to the October round-up.
roasted vegetable and harissa pasta. I love middle eastern flavours, and the idea of using harissa a bit like pesto is intriguing (although based on my first experiment with harissa, I'd be very wary about adding a tiny spoonful at a time!). I bet the pine nuts really set off the flavour, too.
conchiglioni pasta salad with sautéed mushrooms, which looks delightfully summery - possibly one for the picnic hamper? Since I've been taking advantage of the unseasonally warm autumn weather to eat outdoors whenever I can, I might even be able to manage that this year.
broccoli mushroom soup with noodles & coconut. In contrast to the cool freshness of Jac's salad, this looks like a warming bowl to wrap your fingers around on a cooler evening. Preferably while curled up in front of an open fire, but maybe that's just me. Either way, it looks like a winner.
soba mushroom stroganoff from Janet at The Taste Space looks not just delicious but incredibly healthy, too (it's even suitable for vegans).
vegetable fideua from The Lawyer's Cookbook. Although she claims it isn't an authentic recreation, it looks ever so tasty, which is the only thing that really matters! Another good choice for winter nights, I reckon.
gnocchi with Mexican corn. I love gnocchi, and Mexican is one of my favourite cuisines, so I'd definitely enjoy this bowlful. The salad leaves add a nice touch, too, making the whole dish look incredibly vibrant.