Spicy ‘n Sweet Nonna’s Sauces

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Running gives me all the excuse I need to eat carbs, and lots of them.

With the Boston Marathon just days away, I decided to make pizza in honor of the thousands of runners who will take to the streets and trek 26 miles 385 yards from the suburbs west of the city, careening toward the finish line near the heart of Copley Square.

The longest I’ve ever run was years ago in the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom 10-miler. The famous annual blossoms were nowhere to be seen, freezing rain muddied the ground the night before — but I did it, every step.

It made me hungry.

A little homemade pizza was also a good reason to crack open Spicy ‘n Sweet’s Nonna’s tomato sauce in both spicy and sweet.  Inspired by an Italian grandmother’s home cooking, Nonna’s sauce is fresh — you don’t just taste the vegetables, you see them, too. For the sweet sauce, I made a simple basil and mozzarella pie. With the spicy sauce, I paired pepperoni and cheese with the kicked-up version.   In both cases, the sauce was the star.

In true carbo-loading fashion I followed up my pizza lunch with a pasta dinner, tossing Nonna’s Sweet Sauce in with some browned, seasoned ground beef.

I won’t be out on the course on Monday, but today I ate like I should be.   What’s your favorite carb-laden meal when gearing up for a big run or post-marathon splurge?

All photos styled and photographed by Michelle Martin.

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