Pasta potluck

As several of the ETAs are running in the marathon on Sunday, we joined together for a pasta potluck tonight to carb them up.  I’ve not been in the mood for cooking lately, so I was just planning to throw together penne tossed with olive oil, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes.  Unfortunately, I had a brain fart at the supermarket and got a jar of roasted bell peppers instead of the tomatoes.  So, I shifted course and decided to try making a roasted pepper pesto since I had the requisite ingredients on hand (peppers, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, basil).  Except for some good ol’ salt.  That’s right, I ran out of salt.  As I reached into my pantry and realized that my salt shaker, unusually light, was practically empty, my initial surprise turned into mild confusion which quickly degenerated into a disgusted frustration with myself.  When you run out of salt, of all things, you know you’ve hit a rough patch.

Penne with roasted red and yellow pepper pesto, onions, and fresh spinach.  Has potential but this time it was not meant to be.

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Among the tasty contributions of others:

A cheese and bread platter.

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Toasted garlic bread.

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Linguine bolognese, bowties with tomato sauce, and mini pasta shells with sausage in a creamy tomato sauce.

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There were also potato pancakes, along with rice pudding, red bean cakes, and mini chocolate muffins for dessert, ensuring that everyone, whether marathon runner-to be or not, hit their daily carb quota. Running a marathon has never been a goal of mine, but it’s a great excuse to congregate around food, especially hearty comfort food like pasta.  Keep a steady cast of marathon runners in your inner circle to secure for yourself joyous nights of carb OD.

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