Thursday, May 02, 2013

With A Little Help From My Friends: Sausage and bow ties

I usually think of running as a solitary activity.  I like my solo runs because it's 100% me time.  A time alone with my thoughts, to listen to music and unwind. This is especially true of my long runs, without Thatdog.

I'm also a little intimidated by the thought of running with others.  I love running, but I'm not exactly queen of the speedsters.  And most of my running friends are faster than I am.  Which is fine, but I certainly don't want to hold them back! 

But I took a chance this weekend when Mrs. Pirate mentioned she was going for a run and wondered if anyone wanted to join her.  Both HorseWhisperer and I took her up on it.

We planned on 5 miles, but I parked a little far from the meeting point.  So Mrs. Pirate and I ended up doing a little more than that.  When we met up with HorseWhisper, we headed out.   We ran along the coast - the same route I had taken the week before.  And while we enjoyed the scenery, we enjoyed the company more.  With all the chatting it seemed like no time before Mrs. Pirate told us it was time to turn around and head back.  We discussed movies, television, our kids and their craziness and lack of sleep.  We talked about our husbands and school and general life.  And before long, we were back where we started.  5 miles?  Easy peasy.  I can't wait for our next run!

I feel like I'm fairly predictable.  Which is my way of saying - "Hey!  A running post!  That means pasta!"  I made a roasted tomato sauce and wanted to use it when it was fresh.  So I combined it with some goat cheese, sausage, and pasta and voila!  Dinner was served.  Everyone loved this creamy, tangy, tomatoey dish.

Bowties with Sausage and Goat Cheese
8oz bowtie pasta
1 Tbsp olive oil
12 oz chicken sausage, sliced
2 cups of your favorite marinara
4 oz goat cheese
Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add sausage and cook until browned.
  3. Add the marinara and continue to cook until heated through.
  4. Add pasta to saucepan, tossing to coat.
  5. Stir in goat cheese and serve, topped generously with Parmesan. 


  1. Love how the goat cheese and marinara make such a creamy sauce

  2. When I'm really training for something I almost always run with others since I do Team in Training, and it makes SUCH a difference. When the season is over, I enjoy the first few runs alone but now that it's been a few weeks out, I am antsy for company again!

  3. I love walking and do a lot of it. Never have managed to get the euphoria high with running. You are absolutely right, when you are by yourself, it is a 100% me time and that can be a rejuvenating experience when the brain is crammed full.

    Great pasta dish. Pasta with sausage is always good.