October Recipe Challenge

Life is too short for bad food, which is exactly why we created the PWWB Monthly Recipe Challenge! Each month we'll pick a new recipe to cook as a community to help introduce you to new PWWB recipes, empower you to tackle new skills & techniques in your kitchen, & to share in the love of flavorful home cooking together.

Plus, there's a chance to win an awesome prize just by joining in on the fun!🎉🏆

Fresh pasta with graphic text overlay 'PWWB Recipe Challenge October 2021'
A plain white graphic with purple text "PWWB Recipe Challenge: Helping Home Chefs Cook Weeknight Dinners to Deliver Maximum Flavor with Minimal Effort!".

What is the PWWB Recipe Challenge?

Our mission here at Plays Well With Butter is to help home chefs cook flavor-filled weeknight meals that deliver maximum flavor with minimal effort. This year we’re picking a new recipe to cook as a community each month, the PWWB Recipe Challenge!

These challenges are designed to introduce you to new PWWB recipes, empower you to tackle new skills & techniques in your own kitchen, & to share in the love of flavorful home cooking together. Plus, there’s a chance to win an awesome prize just by joining in on the fun!

Find all of the details for this month’s challenge below. Let’s get cooking! ♡

October 2021 Recipe of the Month:

Any PWWB Pasta Recipe!

This month, we invite you to try any of our PWWB Pasta Recipes! If you’ve been around PWWB for awhile, you know that pasta is my love language. Pasta dishes are some of my absolute favorite recipes to develop & eat. The best part is I know the PWWB community loves pasta just as much as I do! & as the weather cools there’s no better time to whip up a warm, comforting bowl of pasta. We can’t wait to see which recipe you choose!

Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered!

Here’s just a few of our favorite pasta dishes to get you started…

There’s something for everyone & we are thrilled to see what you cook up!

How to Enter, Challenge Prize, & Important Dates:

How to Enter – it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

  • STEP 1: Get cooking! Make any PWWB Pasta Recipe at some point this month, & be sure to snap a photo of your creation!
  • STEP 2: Submit your photo. Use this form to submit your photo to the PWWB team. Be sure to follow all of the steps outlined within the form. Repeat with a different pasta recipe as many times as you’d like. Each recipe submission = 1 entry! Entries accepted through Saturday, October 30th 11:59 pm CST.
  • STEP 3: Leave a review. Head over to your chosen recipe’s blog post, scroll to the bottom, & leave a comment with a star rating – we can’t wait to hear how it goes!
  • BONUS ENTRY: We LOVE to see your Recipe Challenge Creations on social media! Share a pic, tagging @playswellwithbutter #pwwbrecipechallenge for one bonus entry.

Remember! You can enter as many times as you’d like, by making a different recipe & following Steps 1-3 (above) for each entry. Entries accepted Monday, October 1st – Saturday, October 30th. Giveaway open to continental US residents. 

October Recipe Challenge Prize

Follow the steps above & you will automatically be entered in the PWWB Recipe Challenge. 1 winner, chosen at random, will receive a $250 Williams Sonoma Gift Card. The challenge ends on Saturday, October 30th at 11:59 PM (CST). The winner will be announced in the November Challenge blog post published at the beginning of November 2021.

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 4th The first day that the October Recipe Challenge submissions are accepted.
  • Saturday, October 30thThe last day to submit an entry.
  • Monday, November 1st  – The winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, & announced HERE on Monday, November 1st. You will also be able to see a preview of our November Recipe Challenge!

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge?

We can’t wait to see your PWWB Pasta creations! Leave any comments & questions you may have about our PWWB Recipe Challenge below.

September 2021 Recap – Soy-Glazed Ginger Turkey Meatballs

Last month we invited you to try our Soy-Glazed Ginger Turkey Meatballs! You rocked it! We were SO impressed with your gorgeous creations & were thrilled to hear that you love this weeknight recipe as much as we do!

Check out what our community had to say about this recipe, we were SO impressed! Thank you for participating & we can’t wait to see your October Recipe Challenge creations!

This was delicious – will definitely be added to our regular rotation. Very easy and weeknight-friendly!

– Michelle

Such a fun (and delicious) weeknight dinner. We paired rice with chopped zucchini and mixed it all up in the leftover glaze to use every.last.drop. Definitely one to print and keep!

– Kelsey

Made this tonight with some broccoli and green beans. It was amazing. Whole family loves it.

– Lauren

Last but certainly not least, our Challenge Winner for September is Katie D. and they have been notified via email. Congratulations, Katie!

September PWWB Recipe Challenge Winner Entry Photo
PWWB September Recipe Challenge Winner Photo!

Want to test your skills? Check out our past Challenge recipes here!

Follow along with Plays Well With Butter on Instagram, Facebook, & Pinterest for more easy, modern recipes & fun!

Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.


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  1. 1.17.21
    Lauren Hobson said:

    So excited for this challenge. I always trust your recipes and enjoy adding my own touches to them. This one for sure isnt something i would make as i have never liked lentil soup but this one looks incredible.