I would sit in my big, wooden chair at the dinner table as my mom placed a pot of steaming noodles on a hot plate in front of me. The steam from the noodles would moisten my face with a warm heat and my stomach would growl in anticipation. Next to me would be a bread basket filled with buttery garlic bread for easy access.
My mom would make this dinner for me the night before I had a cross country meet in junior high.
I would get so nervous before a meet even though I was not even kind of good and the team never really depended on me. I hated the competitive nature of meets and would nearly make myself sick with nerves. A big spaghetti dinner was one of the things that calmed me down and made me relax.
Though tonight’s dinner wasn’t quite as fantastic as the spaghetti dinners I enjoyed growing up, it still was quite tasty.
I prepare our pasta feast using Barilla thin spaghetti.
While the noodles bubbled away in a big pot of boiling water, I chopped up steamed broccoli florets to toss on top of the cooked pasta.
I also popped open a can of clams to add a little protein and salty flavor to the mix.
Before digging in, I topped the spaghetti, broccoli and clams with marinara sauce.
Even though I’m not the teeniest bit Italian, I sure do like eating like I am! 😀
Question of the Evening
- What is a meal that always makes you feel relaxed and calm?