Pasta Please January 2014 – The Garlic Round Up
I have thoroughly enjoyed hosting this month’s Pasta Please challenge. Thank you to Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes for letting me get involved in her event and to all of you that have entered. We have had an incredible 24 entries, with a mixed bag of classical pasta dishes and inventive fusion recipes.
First up was Lisa at We Don’t Eat Anything Without A Face, who has recreated the mediterranean flavours of her recent holiday with this authentic Greek pasta sauce. I love the addition of chilli and cinnamon, which gives this pasta dish delicate warmth and a spicy kick. It is economical too, coming in at only £2 for four people. Lisa serves her pasta with a side of homemade crusty garlic bread that just looks divine.
Vanesther over at Bangers and Mash has created this glorious tagliatelle with lamb’s liver, sage, chilli and garlic butter. The dish was inspired after a challenge set by food charity, The Trussel Trust, to create a low-cost dish. The charity has been raising awareness on tackling poverty in the UK and in Bulgaria. I was surprised to read that this luxorious dish costs only £3 for two people. It is not only nutritious but packed full of delicious flavours.
Next up is a chicken pasta bake by Shazia at Cutchi Kitchen, which reminds me of the delicious bakes my mum would quickly rustle together for dinner. Shazia’s dish is made with chicken and spinach but says the pasta bake is very versatile, allowing you to use up any ingredients leftover in the fridge to create a masterpiece such as this.
Manjiri who writes at Slice Off Me has been inventive in her kitchen, combining traditional thai red curry sauce with an Italian pasta and white wine sauce. The marriage of flavours has resulted in this mouthwatering dish that is ready in under 25 minutes.
Annes Kitchen shares her sausage and courgette carbonara, which has been created from a need to use up leftover ingredients in her fridge. The dish is perfect for both winter and summer months and is incredibly quick to make. It looks mouthwateringly scrumptious.
I love classic dishes and had to share this zingy spaghetti with lemon sauce. It is my go to meal when I am in need of a quick satisfying supper. The recipe uses up staples readily available in most kitchen cupboards. It feels like sunshine on a plate, perfect for the current wet miserable weather.
Jane at Onions and Paper has cooked up this tasty pasta dish with cavalo nero. The leafy cabbage is popular in Italian cuisine and has a rich flavour to awaken your taste buds. Jane adds smoky lardons and garlicky infused cream, which makes this dish sinfully good. Now that I am finished with my January detox, I feel less guilty about tucking into a bowl of this heavenly pasta. After all, the odd cheat day cannot hurt, right?
Over at Simply.Food, Nayna has prepared this colourful five-minute pasta salad. Perfect for your lunch boxes, it is incredibly quick to put together and is full of yummy goodness with carrots, peppers and a surprise addition of grapes. She drizzles her salad with a lemony chill dressing that for me would be perfect accompaniment to any dish.
Carbonara seems to be a firm favourite amongst bloggers and Victoria at A Kick At The Pantry Door has enhanced this classic dish with the addition of garlicky mushrooms. This is the perfect indulgent meal and incredibly quick to make.
Top Food Facts has submitted this fabulous bowl of duck ragout, packed with fresh herbs such as thyme, basil and rosemary. Yummy!
Chris at Cooking Around The World has been busy experimenting in his kitchen and has whipped up a batch of this delicious goats cheese, beetroot and bacon ravioli. I have to admit, I have never considered adding beetroot into a pasta dish but this looks delicious. The silky pink sauce inside those ravioli parcels would be perfect for Valentines Day or a romantic meal.
Gayathri at Spices Galore has created this nigella inspired spaghetti full of lemon, herbs, garlic and coriander breadcrumbs. Originally a peasant dish from north of Italy, the parmesan has been replaced with toasted breadcrumbs giving the spaghetti a nutty spicy flavour.
Rachel Cotterill has created this vibrant pasta dish with lemon, garlic and not one, but two types of broccoli. It truly is a stunning plate of food and healthy too. Rachel tells us that this recipe has been inspired by this month’s Pasta Please challenge, as well as and Lavender and Lovage’s Cooking with Herbs challenge, which had a citrus theme in January.
Louisa at Eat Your Veg has shared this delicious beef and pork meatballs, which she says is a fun of way of getting the kids involved in the kitchen. Her post includes beautiful pictures of her adorable children happily squidging and squashing the meatballs into shape, with the help of their favourite uncle Julien. I love the addition of cheese in these meatballs. According to Louisa, the meatballs are very easy to prepare and can be frozen…perfect! I will definitely be making these.
Next up is this spinach, cottage cheese and roasted garlic cannelloni by Caroline Makes. The cannelloni is low fat and slimming world friendly, coming in at only 1 syn. It is also a great way of adding vegetables to your weakly meal.
Jessica over at What Jessica Baked Next has been having a lot of fun with her new pasta maker and has created this delicious crab ravioli. The dish combines Asian flavours with classic Italian flavours. Her creation has been featured on FoodBlogs UK.
Shaheen at Allotment Kitchen has prepared this vegan garlicky mushroom pasta dish. There is something very comforting about those two ingredients and I would happily tuck into a bowl of this. What a cute picture too.
Helen at Family Friends and Food has created this spaghetti dish after receiving a large amount of beetroots in her monthly vegetable box. She adds two whole cloves of garlic, which brings out the sweet earthiness of the beetroot and compliments the tanginess of the goats cheese. This is Helen’s first foray into online food challenges and what a delightful entry this is.
Law Student Cookbook has entered this gorgeous bowl of chicken, bacon and artichoke pasta. The creamy garlic sauce goes well with sun dried tomatoes, bacon, artichokes and chicken.
Sarah at Taming Twins gives us this delicious roasted garlic one pan macaroni cheese. The recipe has been created out of a need to use up a glut of cheese leftover from Christmas. It looks sinfully good and all that cheese definitely makes it the ultimate comfort food for me. The addition of a whole bulb of roasted garlic, pancetta and mustard transforms this classic dish into a heavenly supper.
Pravina at Indo Global Food gives us a colourful vegetable penne pasta recipe. The dish easily covers your five a day and is a great way to use up leftovers. I like the combination of broccoli, mushrooms and black olives, giving softness, crunchiness and silkiness to the pasta.
Finally, Kellie at Food To Glow shares with us this scrumptious butternut squash and black bean tagliatelle, which she regularly cooks at home. The simple pasta dish contains some glorious ingredients. As Kellie says “the marriage of melting squash, earthy beans, cheek-tightening lemon and the woody scent of herbs is the main thing. And olive oil – the good stuff ‘cos you’re worth it.” And what a beautiful looking dish it is. I would happily serve this for my OH, as well as at a dinner parties and summer barbecues.
That’s a wrap folks. Thank you again for the fabulous entries. Katie over at Feeding Boys & a Firefighter will be hosting February’s Pasta Please challenge, with the theme, spaghetti. Looking forward to seeing more of your entries.