12 May 2011

Herby Spring Pasta


This is my entry for this week's Presto Pasta Nights, which I have the honour to host this week. Today is the final day for entering a pasta dish, so I would like to share my pasta dish with you.

I am not going to give you a traditional recipe for this one as quantities don't really matter, it is more about the flavour combination.

For the dressing, I whizzed up some fresh herbs with garlic and olive oil. Then I cooked some baby potatoes. The pasta went on next. I used penne, as I had it to hand, but choose your favourite. While the pasta was cooking, I steamed some asparagus and fine beans. Then I just threw it all together, grated over some black pepper and sprinkled on some lovely crumbly feta. Voila!

I served this hot, but it would be really good cold with a smaller pasta as a pasta salad. Make sure it is especially al dente for a pasta salad and run the pasta under cold water straight away to cool it down and to stop the cooking process. I, unfortunately took my eye of the pasta and it had a minute or two too long.

I am also sending this as a pasta salad to Lisa for this month's No Croutons Required. If you would like to enter a soup or salad into this month's NCR challenge, then post your entry and email it to lisa (nocroutonsrequired@googlemail.com) by the 20th of May. Your entries must be suitable for vegetarians and contain asparagus. You can find the rules here.

17 comments:

  1. I could totally tuck into that right now, even if it's only 9am and I had breakfast an hour ago!

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  2. He he, I just ate some toast, but it still looks good :)

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  3. Jac, love the sound and look of this pasta dish, yummy!

    Looking forward to the round-up :)

    Maria
    x

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  4. Your pasta sounds so amazing Jacqueline. Love the carb on carb with potatoes added to the mix, so yummy!!!

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  5. baby potatoes in Pasta...sounds interesting...will soon give it a try...

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  6. Jac, am making pasta for dinner tonight... will it be OK if I send you my entry tonight? Will be late late your time? Cheers!

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  7. Hey Maria, it was simple, but delicious :)

    Potato is good in pasta Val, not all the time of course and not for those who run scared of carbs, but since we don't, we can just enjoy it :)

    Hi Anshu, hope you enjoy it :)

    Yes, that is ok Michelle, as long it is in before the post goes up, then that is ok.

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  8. My kind of meal Jac - esp with the feta added

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  9. The feta finished it off beautifully Beth :)

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  10. Awwwww, I lost all the lovely comments while blogger was down. I suppose I should be grateful that this post appeared again. Oh well!

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  11. This blogger business wreaked havoc around the world: I am glad you didn't lose the post. This is a nice pasta dish that really says spring in big letters.

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  12. I love the flavors here! Definitely perfect for spring! :) So glad to see that blogger is back! I was going through withdrawals from my fav blogs!

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  13. Hey Jacqueline,

    wow - what a lot of work! Especially with the recent problems in blog world. The round up looks great. Thanks for hosting. So much fun to see what everyone's doing and get new inspirations.

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  14. Blogger is a total pain in the behind at the moment (for me though it has been like it for months!)
    Great pasta dish, lovely and summery ;0)

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  15. I've had a similar dish but didn't use feta. I like the combo of feta and asparagus.

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  16. Wow, this is a great combination. I think it is very Italian (northern Italy) to add potatoes to pasta; and the green vegetables really makes it look fresh and appetizing.

    Besides, I think the combination of asparagus with pasta is the new trend :) my recipe for NCR is a pasta asparagus salad as well LOL.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x