Pasta is an especially suitable food for people who exercise regularly. It not only provides carbohydrates, but contains protein and is easy to digest as well. The versatility of pasta, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, allows it to be combined with nutrient-dense food partners, such as fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed cheeses, poultry and lean meats.
Sports nutrition experts agree that pasta is a better food choice for athletes than white bread, rice or potatoes. The reason? It releases energy into the body slowly and more efficiently.
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Spaghetti with Barilla Basilico Sauce and sautéed vegetables
Ingredients for 4 people:
Barilla Spaghetti n.5 350 g
Barilla Basil sauce 400 g
Courgette 70 g
Eggplant 70 g
Bell pepper 70 g
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 30 g
Garlic 1 clove
Basil leaves, chopped parsley
Wash the vegetables, drain and cut into small cubes.
In a non-stick pan, heat the olive oil with the garlic clove, peeled. Remove the garlic clove and add the diced vegetables; sauté the vegetables, until cooked yet still crunchy.
Add the Barilla Basilico sauce and bring it to a simmer, allowing it to season with the vegetables for a couple of minutes.
In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to the boil; once boiling, add salt (approx. 7 grams per liter) and cook the Spaghetti for the time indicated on pack. Reserve a couple of tbs of cooking water before carefully draining the pasta.
Toss the Spaghetti with the sauce and the cooking water on medium-high heat, allowing the water to be absorbed.
Serve hot, garnishing with fresh basil leaves and chopped parsley on top, to taste.