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Celebrating National Pasta Day while on Nutrisystem #sponsored

Delicious homemade marinade from pot to table in less than 10 minutes. 
Disclosure: I am a Proud #NSNation Blogger and I receive Nutrisystem in exchange for sharing my journey. 
The recipe and the opinions expressed above are 100% mine. 
When I first started my weight loss journey I thought I would have to give up my favorite food:  PASTA

I love pasta.  My family even jokes about how much pasta we eat in the Three Boys and an Old Lady pasta.  I worried about missing out on my favorite dish once I started a nutrition plan but was surprised to see how many healthy pasta dishes Nutrisystem offers. We know pasta was high in carbs and we pile on heavy sauces and the calories mount up and so do the pounds.  However, you really can enjoy pasta and STILL lose weight.  

Nutrisystem offers lots of pasta choices including Ravioli Formaggio, Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Creamy Beef Alfredo, Cheese Tortellini, Chicken Pasta Parmesan, and so many more choices for pasta lovers like me.
Celebrating National Pasta Day
I'm so glad I don't have to miss out on all the fun of National Pasta Day and I can stay committed to my goal of getting healthier.

Tonight while I dine on Nutrisystem Chicken Parmesan, my family will indulge in a whole grain pasta topped with my One Pot Marinara.  This marinara is a family fave and it's quick and easy.  Now while I do make a tasty homemade marinara using fresh, garden tomatoes, this recipe is perfect for busy days like today with school, work and after school activities.

Making homemade marinara using fresh garden tomatoes takes a while but here's one of my favorite recipes for a quick and easy one pot marinara using canned crushed tomatoes.  Be sure to look for low sodium or sodium free crushed tomatoes and if you are using fresh basil remember it can be a tad stronger than dried so you may need to use less.  I usually make my own Italian seasoning or buy a store brand.  Look for an Italian seasoning containing basil, oregano, thyme and rosemary to make your dish pop!
Homemade pasta sauces are easy to make and even though your grandma may have let hers simmer all day long, you don't have to.  You can still enjoy the rich flavors of fresh, homemade sauces without spending all day in the kitchen.  

Oh, I didn't weigh myself this morning but I promise to tweet my weight loss to date later this week. Be sure to follow @3Boys_OldLady and look for the #NSNation hashtag.

Are you celebrating National Pasta Day?  What's your favorite pasta?  


Masshole Mommy said…
Nutrisystem sounds like such a great program. I have gained soooo much weight this past year and have seriously been considering trying their program.
AiringMyLaundry said…
Yes, I just LOVE my pasta. Carbs have always made me happy. I've heard a lot of good things about Nutrisystem.
Jeannette said…
I had doing to you there was a national pasta day! I will have to celebrate it with some awesome pasta! Nutrisystem sounds like a great way to go so that you can still enjoy food and not ruin your diet.
Pasta is seriously always such a treat. And it always tastes best with fresh homemade sauces! I will be giving the marinara recipe a try :)
Never tried nutrisystem before. Good to know all the pasta lovers out there will be taken care of when on this program.
I have heard great things about Nutrisystem! I wish you all the best on your weight loss journey and I am so glad you did not have to give up your beloved PASTA! We cut back on pasta but still enjoy it now and then. I am a big fan of tortellini!
tiarastantrums said…
I love pasta as well. We used to eat quite a bit of it - it's just good and so easy to incorporate into recipes! My husband is over weight and has to loose weight, so we have really cut pasta out - boo!!
I'd like to think that all pasta is my favorite. LOL. But if I had to choose, I love Creole seafood pasta. It's a dish that I learned to make while visiting family in New Orleans.
Liz Mays said…
I need to try that marinara method to use with some of my pastas! It sounds really nice!
Sissy Johnson said…
I love some good pasta and good pasta is always paired with great marinara sauce. Love the the recipe :)
It sounds like Nutrisystem is a really great program. It's great that you can still enjoy foods like pasta!
Why am I now hearing about a whole day devoted to celebrating pasta? I love pasta lol. Thanks for sharing this healthy way to enjoy it :)
Ricci Ellis said…
I'm glad Nutrisystem has some good pasta options for you on National Pasta Day!! Good luck to you on your Nutrisystem journey!
Miss Angie said…
I've heard lots of good things about Nutrisystem, and it's nice you can still celebrate pasta day. Mmm, pasta is so good!
Julee said…
I love pasta, thanks for this easy recipe. Nutrisystem is a great program. I found success on it and I hope you do too.
Kita Bryant said…
I had no idea there was a pasta day! Nutrisystem sounds quite tasty!
My Teen Guide said…
I would have a hard time giving up pasta too! It is one of the best culinary inventions ever. I am glad though that Nutri System did not eliminate this and still provided options to enjoy a plate of delicious pasta AND still lose weight.
Best of luck to you on your weight loss journey. I hope that you are able to reach all your goals without too much pain.

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