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Runner’s Fuel: Garlic Chicken Pasta with Prosciutto

December 16, 2009

Pasta is a runner’s best friend. Plain and simple. The night before a long run or race, what’s for dinner? That’s easy: spaghetti. It is quick to prepare and loaded with carbs. To me, running and cooking are both essential pleasures that can be enjoyed with minimum prep time.  All you need is a few ingredients, a little time, and some creativity and you can produce great meals. For runners, this has special appeal, since we’re usually busy, often tired, and always hungry. This is a great recipe pre or post run, it has the perfect mix of whole wheat noodles and protein. Ever since CIM and the L.A County Half Marathon, my appetite has been out of control. It’s crazy how ramped up my appetite gets during the training season. This pasta is not only satisfying, but good for you.

By choosing whole-wheat pasta, it has way more fiber than white (about seven grams per serving compared to just two grams in white) and about two more grams of protein. But whole-wheat pasta also has a denser, chewier texture. The fiber in whole-wheat helps keep you feeling full and powers you through those long runs.

Garlic Chicken Pasta with Prosciutto

Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, cut into small pieces
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced into small strips
  • 8 ounces of spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan or Romano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced


Heat oil in a large skillet and saute garlic and red pepper flakes until soft and light brown. Add tomatoes, prosciutto, chicken and bell pepper, salt and pepepr; saute for about 5 to 10 minutes. Add basil, and saute for another 5 minutes. In a stockpot, bring water to boil and cook spaghetti until firm, al dente. Drain pasta and transfer to a bowl, add the chicken/tomato mixture and grated cheese; toss gently to combine.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Lynn at The Actors Diet permalink
    December 18, 2009 5:57 pm

    looks delicious. i won’t be running a marathon afterwards, though!

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