My husband is going on a long, hard bike ride tomorrow with some friends, so he requested pasta for dinner this evening, in order to load up on his carbs for the ride. No problem; I love when he makes requests…it removes the ever-present “what to make for dinner” question, making my life just that much easier. Looking through his most recent cycling magazine, he found some meal ideas that looked pretty good to me as well, and I thought I would share one of the pasta dishes he found that we had for dinner tonight. Mmmm good!
- 1.5 cups diced red potatoes, skins on
- 1.5 cups green beans, fresh or frozen, cut into 1″ pieces
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
- 8 oz. semolina spaghetti (I used angel hair only because my husband prefers it)
- 1/4 cup basil pesto
- 1 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
- 1 Tbsp shredded Romano cheese (we omitted this because my husband can’t have cheese)
Bring four quarts of lightly salted water to a boil. Add potatoes, beans, and garlic. Cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Add pasta and return to a boil, stirring often until it’s al dente. Remove a quarter cup of the pasta water and combine it with the pesto in a large serving dish. Drain the pasta, potatoes, beans and garlic and toss gently with the pesto. Top each serving with pine nuts and Romano cheese to taste.
I do not recommend doubling this recipe, like I did this evening, unless you are feeding an army! It makes quite a lot of food, and it is rather filling…your teenage sons will love you for making this! I do highly recommend making this the night before a long work-out the next day….say your next triathalon, Tour du France, or Olympic competition. This packs a real carb punch; dieters beware! I fueled up for my workout tomorrow: National Scrapbook Day!!! Yowza! Happy fueling!