Have you got a marathon day coming up soon? Are you wondering what kind of meal to make in preparation for it? Getting ready for a long run is all about loading up on carbs, and that’s where pasta comes into the picture. As makers of authentic Italian pasta since 1957, Olivieri® never runs short of ideas when it comes to pasta recipes. So, which ones are best for runners?

With our carefully selected assortment of Recipes for Runners, you can Power Up With Pasta in a highly satisfying way. Prepping for the marathon doesn’t mean opting for something boring. In fact, it can mean the opposite. With the right pasta recipes, there are plenty of delicious meals to please the whole family. Read on as we guide you through our pasta salads, filled pasta dishes, big breakfasts, and gnocchi meals. On your marks, get set. Go!

Pasta Salad to Power Your Day

Pasta salads are popular for those preparing for marathons. They tend to be lighter than other pasta dishes, can be stored in a plastic container and served cold, and allow you to include various nutritious ingredients. 

For a pasta salad that has it all, from bright colours to plenty of nutrients and an irresistible taste, try this Confetti Pasta Salad. This dish is easy to make in large amounts, making it a family-friendly crowd-pleaser, ideal if the little ones are getting involved in the marathon fun.

greek salad tortellini recipe
Greek Salad Tortellini

One of the finest fusion salads you’ll find is the one you get when you cross Italian excellence with Greek greatness to make this Greek Salad Tortellini. Not only is this dish hearty and nutritious, but it’s also one of the most beautiful-looking pasta recipes out there, bringing elegance and vibrancy to your plate. 

Filled Pasta for Hearty Satisfaction

Filled pasta recipes are popular because of their heartiness, textures, and variety of tastes. When getting ready for a marathon, such dishes may come in handy for those looking for something a little richer than a light pasta salad.

For that, enjoy the flavour combo of this Spinach Ravioli with Sausage & Mushrooms. The creamy combo of cheese and spinach together pocketed within our fine-crafted pasta will only make your taste buds crave more. Just be sure not to eat too much before the marathon begins!

Tasty Tuscan Tortellini Salad

Hailing from the beautiful region of Tuscany in northern Italy is this Tasty Tuscan Tortellini Salad. Whoever said that marathon prep had to be all about hard work? With dishes like this, getting ready to run can be all about enjoyment too, as you’ll be quick to realize when tasting this recipe’s cheese and pesto combo. 

Big Breakfast Recipes for Marathon Morning

When you wake up on marathon morning, and you need that boost to keep you going for all those miles in the day ahead, you may want to feast on a delicious breakfast to give you the boost you need. The good news is that our tasty, much-loved, fine-crafted gnocchi is ideal for such dishes.

Don’t allow your fried eggs to go alone in the morning. Instead, let them accompany our soft pillowy potato dumplings in this Breakfast Skillet Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Pesto. With onion, garlic, pepper, and bacon in the mix, you’ll have almost as many flavors to taste as you will miles to run.

Breakfast Skillet Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Pesto

Perhaps you’re an Eggs Benedict fan but need to up the carb content of your favourite breakfast. If that’s the case, start the day in style with this Eggs Benedict with Skillet Gnocchi Stix. With our stick-shaped gnocchi, ideal for dipping and twisting, this is one that the kids are sure to love.

Nutritious Gnocchi Recipes for Runners

It’s not only pre-marathon meals that runners like to be high in carbs but also, once all the running is done and out of the way, you’ll need a meal to help you recharge. If you’re thinking of something nutritious, Olivieri® has just the thing for you.

Few meals are as nutritious as this Skillet Gnocchi Vegan Buddha Bowl. Not only is it one of the most vibrant recipes you’ll come across, but it’s also easy to make and packed with a range of tastes and textures. Whether you eat this before or after the marathon, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to make it again.

Skillet Gnocchi Vegan Buddha
Skillet Gnocchi Vegan Buddha Bowl

For something light, flavourful, green, and with a fair amount of carbs, prepare this Lemon Maple Skillet Gnocchi Salad. With dried cranberries in the salad and a mixture of lemon juice and maple syrup, this dish ranks among the upper echelons of tasty salad recipes.

Finally, we’ve arrived at the finish line of our marathon medley of meal ideas, and luckily, we get to finish with a good one. Our Skillet Gnocchi Salad with Walnuts will have you going nuts for more walnuts. It’s that delicious! Try it for yourself, and let it bring an extra touch of joy to your marathon weekend.

Good luck, and see you soon in our kitchen!