As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, Nate will be running the Boston Marathon this coming Monday! I’m so so proud of him. I can’t even run a mile, no less a marathon that you actually have to qualify for.

I highly doubt you need to carbo-load for a full week leading up to any marathon race (since I’m sure most of it gets digested the day after you eat it), but Nate requested that this week be “pasta week,” so that’s what I gave him!

What a cruel joke that the week of Passover (i.e. THE WEEK I CAN’T EAT PASTA) coincided with Nate’s pasta week.

I found this recipe on one of my favorite sites, I find their recipes extremely reliable, and delicious!

I wanted something a little different than our standard rotation of pasta with sausage and red sauce, pesto, or broccoli and garlic. It also continues with my vegetarian theme. Next time I’m going to try soaking dried chickpeas if I have the forethought, rather than using the canned variety.

We’re heading up to Boston on Friday for a relaxing, site-seeing weekend leading up to the actual race.

When Nate gets his best time ever (knock on wood!!!), I will definitely attribute it to this meal that I made him eat all week long, since I only know how to cook enough for an army. Luckily the boy likes leftovers as much as me.

On a side note, please cross your fingers that the weather forecast showing 75 degrees for the race on Monday is totally wrong!

I copied this recipe directly from Serious Eats, so head over there for the recipe! But in case you wanna know what’s in it without having to click on a link, here are the ingredients:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more for the pasta water
black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup olive oil
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 pound pasta shells
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups chopped arugula


  1. Go Nate go. Maybe he’ll be too nervous to eat and I can have his dish. I know. Mean Greg. But it looks that good!

  2. Looking at this makes Passover more painful.

  3. Gorgeous pasta dish. Healthy and delicious!

  4. The Boston Marathon? Holy Cow!! Congrats to Nate for qualifying and all the best in the big adventure. How amazing…

    It’s hard to beat the taste of arugula in dishes and I’m loving the fresh Parmesan shavings here… A gorgeous carbo-rich meal to give your man the best advantage ;-).

    Bonne Chance Nate!

  5. p.s. love your new spring header – so pretty and fresh looking with the yellow tulips! (love tulips…. :)).

  6. I have all my fingers crossed for Monday and am positive Nate’s record breaking time is due to your amazing pasta. (p.s. and on the off chance his time isn’t great – its the weathers fault!)

  7. i love those fresh chunks of mozzarella cheese in there! balsamic goes so well with this pasta. hope you have a wonderful weekend in boston! happy passover, amy (even though you couldn’t eat the pasta, hope you enjoy some yummy matzo recipes!)

  8. Sending lots of luck to Nate!! I’m sure he’ll do great…especially if he’s being fed delicious pasta like this the week before. Sounds great, and love the colors of the dish. :)

  9. Oh, wow, good luck to Nate! And I think running the Boston Marathon is a great excuse for a carbo loading week! Yummy sounding pasta, Amy :)

  10. GO NATE!! I am SO excited for him and can’t wait to hear what he thinks of the race. When I ran it last year, it was hot. Really hot. So tell him to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And wear sunscreen. Trust me…there is NO shade in this race.

    While most of the pasta you eat the week before does get digested, some of it IS stored as glycogen. So you done good, girl! This looks awesome.

    • Thanks Joanne. The race ended up being kind of a bummer because it was so hot! People were offered a deferment to next years race and they encouraged people not to run. Craziness.

  11. This pasta looks great, hope you had a good experience at the marathon!

  12. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350

    Good luck to Nate! Hope all the delicious carbs help him out!

  13. How did Nate do? Did the carbo loading really work? Post some winning shots of Nate at the Boston Marathon.

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