Protein-Pumped Pasta

I wanted a protein-filled lunch for three reasons today.

  1. I had my first spinning class today! (Which, by the way, kicked my booty. I will be going back, though!)
  2. I did an intense weights workout this morning.
  3. I’m having a late dinner tonight with Kelley and Amanda at the Melting Pot, and need something to hold me over until then, with only a small afternoon snack.

This meal is quick, easy, and nutritious. With a side of fruit or veggies, you’ll have a balanced meal!

As I juggle classes, training, SWE, blogging, wedding planning, and enjoying my last semester in Madison, I need some quick, easy, and nutritious meals. This one definitely fits the bill. With a side of fruit or veggies, it makes a nice, balanced meal. It will definitely be making regularly appearances on my menu throughout the semester.


I used jarred marinara sauce for time-saving purposes. Specifically, I used the 365 brand from Whole Foods. Use whatever sauce you have on hand, or some home-made marinara if you aren’t rushing off to class like I was!

Protein-Pumped Pasta

3/4 c. pinto beans, cooked and drained (canned works too!)

1 c. whole wheat pasta

1/4 c. peanut butter

2 tsp. flax seeds

1/2 c. marinara sauce

Boil pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta cooks, whisk together the peanut butter, flax seeds, and marinara sauce until well-mixed. The sauce will take on a burnt-orange color.

Mix the pasta and beans together in a bowl, and top with the sauce.


Makes 2 servings.

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Nutritional Information for 1 serving ( 1/2 the recipe)

What is your ‘go-to’ meal?


    • Julie @savvyeats says

      It is SO good! I was afraid the peanut butter + marinara would be a weird combination, but it just adds this creamy, richer flavor to the sauce.

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      YES! I thought it would be weird, but the peanut butter taste is really subtle. The sauce is creamier and richer… if you blind-tasted it, I don’t think you’d guess it had PB in it!

  1. says

    PB? That’s nuts (literally)! Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

    My go-to meal is mac and cheese. Nutritionally deficient, but delicious!

  2. says

    I like mixing cottage cheese with marinara sauce! I think it tastes like lasagna and really pumps up the protein!

    I LOVE SPINNING! Sadly, the ones here at the Cornell gym are not particularly exhilarating… I should become a spin instructor!

  3. says

    Aren’t spinning classes GREAT? I took my first one about a month ago and it was so hard for me! It was great though and I love switching up my cardio workouts!

  4. says

    I am going to give spinning a go tomorrow! I think it will be good for my marathon training. I have never had peanut butter in a marinara sauce but will have to try that. My go to’s are veggie chili or curry. I totally crave them!

  5. says

    Yay for spin!! I’m a big fan of that class too! Great workout. I’m also a big fan of peanut butter in anything especially pasta or noodles. Usually I use it in Asian-style noodles, but I’ve never tried marinara, yum! My go-to meal is either yogurt or baked pasta with veggies, can’t go wrong with those! Thanks for stopping by my new site :)

  6. Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness says

    What a fun And unique way to add protein and ‘good’ fats to a meal! I will have to try this out :-)
    My go-to meal is a fritata with sauteed veggies, or a big bowl of oats topped with fruit.

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