Saturday, 1 November 2014

Pasta Please October Round-Up

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.

Our first entry was by Corina at Searching for Spice. She made this simple but delicious 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.

Pasta Please founder Jac gave us this 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.

Helen from Family Friends Food gives us an Asian broth: 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.

I absolutely adore mushroom stroganoff, so the idea of using it as a pasta sauce had instant appeal for me. This soba mushroom stroganoff from Janet at The Taste Space looks not just delicious but incredibly healthy, too (it's even suitable for vegans).

I'd never heard of fideua before I saw this 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.

And finally, Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe produced this beautiful 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.

Thanks to everyone for taking part - I hope you have time to check out all these delicious recipes, and maybe make something yourself for the November challenge.


Johanna GGG said...

Great round up of interesting dishes - I have some harissa somewhere that I must hunt out - it keeps being pushed back to the back of the cupboard but the idea of serving it with pasta is great

Rachel said...

What a fabulous variety!

All That I'm Eating said...

Lovely round up of recipes, ideal for the autumn.

Fiver Feeds said...

Great round up, I haven't seen some of these recipes before, so it's good that you've put them together.

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