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The Perfect Post-Workout Pasta Recipe

December 24, 2012 | Brian Lebo

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Regardless of whether it's after a workout, practice or game, your body needs to replenish with carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats to recover and provide long-term energy reserves. Sometimes the activity ends right around mealtime, when you are craving something heartier than a snack. If that's the case, your answer might be my "perfect post-workout pasta," an easy recipe that's also an old family favorite. Not only does it make for a great post-workout meal, it can also serve as a pre-workout meal or as a nutritious dinner anytime during the week. (Pasta lover? This maybe the diet you've been searching for.)

The Perfect Post-Workout Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Barilla Plus spaghetti
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 10-ounce package frozen spinach
  • 15-ounce container of ricotta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese (to taste)
  • Fresh parsley

Directions

  • Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, mince the fresh garlic (or save time and use one tsp. garlic from a jar) and brown it in two tbsp. olive oil (here is where I also add a little crushed red pepper flakes to "spice up" the recipe).
  • Microwave the chopped spinach, according to package directions.
  • When pasta is done, before draining the pot, save a cup of the pasta water to add later.
  • Quickly drain spaghetti (but do not rinse) and return to the pot.
  • Over low heat, add the olive oil, garlic and spinach mixture plus the ricotta cheese to the spaghetti.
  • Mix until all ingredients are blended and distributed evenly.
  • To add moisture if needed, add some of the saved pasta water and a little olive oil.
  • Season the dish with grated parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh parsley.

This recipe makes four generous servings. Of the primary ingredients, the pasta provides carbs; the ricotta cheese provides quality whey protein (ricotta is made from whey drained from cheeses such as as mozzarella and provolone); the olive oil and ricotta offer healthy fats; and the spinach and garlic provide a plethora of micronutrients.

photo: allyjanegrossan.com

Brian Lebo
- Brian Lebo is the owner and director of Athletic Performance Training Center, a strength and conditioning facility in North Royalton, Ohio. He specializes in helping...
Brian Lebo
- Brian Lebo is the owner and director of Athletic Performance Training Center, a strength and conditioning facility in North Royalton, Ohio. He specializes in helping...
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