Monday, October 22, 2012

National Pasta Month Recipe & GIVEAWAY!

October is one of my favorite months for many reasons.  The leaves are changing color, pumpkins are everywhere and Halloween fun is just around the corner! Oh and it's National Pasta Month!  Pasta is one of my favorite foods and as a runner, it's definitely a staple in my diet.   And I'm not alone!  According to the National Pasta Association, the average American consumes 20 pounds of pasta each year.  So to celebrate Pasta Month, the folks at Pasta Fits provided me with a pasta pack so I could make and share a tasty pasta recipe with all of you!  And if that's not exciting enough, they're also giving PB&P readers a chance to win a Pasta Prize Pack for themselves! 


Before we get to the recipe & giveaway, let's talk about why I love pasta so much!  First of all, pasta is tasty and nutritious!  It's a naturally low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium food that contains plenty of B-vitamins, folic acid, magnesium and Vitamin E.  Whole wheat versions can also pack a bigger nutritional punch with increased fiber and protein.  Another reason to jump on the pasta-loving bandwagon is that it is extremely cost-effective.  The average price per pound of pasta is just $1.45, making it a great way to eat well on a budget.  Last but not least, pasta is super versatile.  Pasta fits (get it?!) into so many healthy dishes that you'll never get bored.  Add seafood, vegetables, beans, heart healthy oils or lean meats to your favorite pasta for a completely nutritious and delicious meal.  There are just so many pasta-bilities! ;)

 [Keep in mind: one serving of pasta is 2 ounces uncooked, or for those of us that don't know what the heck 2 oz means...about one cup cooked]

Make sure to visit the Pasta Fits website or Pinterest page to find some inspiration for your own pasta meals.  But first start with my fall-inspired pasta recipe using a few things I love--pumpkin, spinach and goat cheese!

Whole Wheat Pasta with Spinach and Creamy Pumpkin Goat Cheese Sauce
(Recipe makes ~2 servings)

4 ounces (1/3 box) of Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain pasta
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 onion
1 clove garlic
4 Tbsp flour
3/4 cup skim milk
1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 oz goat cheese
Sprinkle to taste: salt, nutmeg, cinnamon
 1-2 cups spinach, sauteed

1.  Bring pot of slightly salted water to a boil.  Cook Ronzoni's Healthy Harvest pasta until al dente (about 6-7 minutes).  Drain and set aside.
2.  Melt butter in a skillet and add chopped onions and garlic.  
3.  Stir in flour to create a roux.  Add milk and pumpkin puree, stirring continuously.
4.  Add goat cheese until melted into sauce.
5.  Add spices to taste/preference.  (I had a little bit of a heavy hand with the cinnamon because I love it!)
6.  Toss cooked pasta in pumpkin sauce and add sauteed spinach.
7.  Enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 480 calories, 10g fat, 59g carbohydrates, 19g protein, 12g fiber.


And now for the Pasta Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

Not only did my friends at the National Pasta Association share the gift of pasta with me, but they'd like to share it with you too!  Enter my giveaway for a chance to receive the products shown above.  

Here's what you'll get:
Dreamfields® Spaghetti
Mueller's® Whole Grain Spaghetti
Heartland® Gluten Free Wheat Free Penne
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest® Spaghetti
Ronzoni Garden Delight® Rotini
Ultragrain Pasta® Spaghetti Spoon

This giveaway ends at midnight on October 30th, 2012.  The winner will be randomly selected by RaffleCopter and announced on October 31,2012.  Good luck! :)

There are a few ways to enter the giveaway, but make sure to leave me a comment telling me why YOU love pasta!!! Leave a separate comment for each entry!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: As always, the thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine alone. I was not compensated for this post. The National Pasta Association provided one Pasta Prize Pack for myself and one for a PB&P reader.

4 comments:

  1. The recipe looks great! I love anything with goat cheese, and I rarely meet a pasta dish I don't like. One-pot pasta meals are such a comfort food for me.

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  2. That recipe looks amazing! I looove pasta....it's so versatile and you can make a balanced meal using whole wheat pasta as the base. It's a great way to eat lots of veggies and pasta dishes are great in any season.

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  3. I love pasta because it's wholesome and yummy!!!!!

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  4. Beth @RxBethOnTheRunOctober 26, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    For years I didn't really love pasta. I reaffirmed my love for it when I started training for my first half marathon earlier this year. I found I could add shrimp or chicken and veggies to it and have a quick, filling and delicious meal that fueled my longer runs.

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