The Best Pasta Recipe Ever
Pasta for Runners is critical for peak performance. Ok, maybe not pasta specifically, but carbohydrates in some form. Complex carbohydrates by the way. That is what you should be eating. Complex carbohydrates are what get absorbed slowly from fruits and vegetables and whole grains. During a big training cycle, you should be eating them at every meal… and in between.
According to Cool Running, pasta for runners is important because;
Carbohydrates are stored in the muscles as glycogen, the primary fuel you need to keep you moving. When this efficient source of energy wears out, so do you. You hit the wall and can go no further (often after about 90 minutes or two hours of running).
Pasta for Runners
I love pasta. We traveled to Italy a few years back and we ate our way through the country. Even though I’m not currently training for anything, there’s nothing as comforting or delicious as a big bowl of pasta on a cold winter night. What’s even better is a complete pasta dish containing complex carbohydrates, protein, iron and loaded with vitamins.
During my Twin Cities Marathon training this year, I was eating a lot of boring pasta. In search of the best pasta recipe, I came across a few, but they were all too complicated. Healthy recipes for runners need to be quick because life is busy. I came up with a way to make a really tasty, really healthy, really simple pasta dish that only takes about 20 minutes. Here it is.
The Best Pasta Recipe Ever
Ok, so maybe this isn’t the world’s best pasta recipe, but definitely really super good. The idea was to use the least number of dishes possible, and also pack as much nutrients into one dish.
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 big red bell pepper.
- 1 package of frozen spinach (or 1 bag of fresh). Kale is also a great substitute.
- 1 lb of your favorite lean ground meat (or canelli beans if you’re not into meat).
- 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 1 12 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1 jar of pasta sauce
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 package of whole grain pasta
- Chop onion and bell pepper into small little tiny chunks.
- Put some oil in a very large skillet, and dump the onions and red pepper in, and sauté until onions become translucent. This skillet will be your main cooking vessel, so bigger is better.
- At the same time, brown the meat and start a pot of water boiling for pasta.
- While you wait for that, open all the cans, and thaw spinach in microwave (if you’re using fresh spinach, obviously you don’t need to thaw it).
- When onion/pepper mixture is done, add meat (or beans) to it.
- Dump tomato paste, diced tomatoes, pasta sauce and brown sugar in with the meat/onion/pepper mixture.
- Stir until it’s good and mixed.
- Cook noodles as per the directions on package.
- Serve and enjoy!
Share your Ideas about Pasta for Runners
Pasta for runners can get pretty boring. Feel free to spice this up with whatever additional spices or veggies you think would taste good. Of course top it with parmesan cheese. If you normally make a side salad, that’s great, but all the spinach in the pasta probably doesn’t necessitate one. That’s why this really is the best pasta recipe.