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I like to think I’ve become an expert on running pains.  Really, they come in a lot of flavors.  There are the aches and the stabs, the fractures and the strains, the wandering shooting pain that radiates up and down the entirety of your gastrocnemius muscle whenever you stand on your tiptoes or try to walk up and down steps (you know, for example).

I also have a very high threshold for pain tolerance.  Which is both good and bad.  Good because it means that I might not tell my husband that I wish he were dead quite as much as the average woman during the whole birthing process.  (Ahem.  Eligible bachelors – are you reading this?)  Bad because there are certain pains that you just shouldn’t tolerate.  And I am not very good at distinguishing those from the ones that are just normal everyday pains because, well.  They feel the same to me.

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However.  All this means is that when I called my orthopedist yesterday to try to make an appointment to talk to him about my calves and how they kind of feel like they’re repeatedly being stabbed with a large knife whenever I walk on them.  He really should have dropped everything.

Instead, he said (okay, his receptionist said), “Hmmm I have an open appointment on December 21st.”

And this was after I told him that I couldn’t walk.  (A lie.  I can totally walk.  But sometimes when you’re dealing with irrational people like this.  You need to say irrational things.  Speak to their level of understanding.  You know how it is.)

Sheesh.

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So I tried to play it cool.  “Oh, you must mean November 21st,” I said.

He chuckled.  (Chuckled?  Can someone please show me the humor in this.  Because to me, crippling pain. Not funny.  NOTE – mom, I am not crippled, nor am I in crippling pain.  Intense shooting pain, yes.  Crippling pain, no.  Please do not call me in a panic.  Thanks.)  “Uh, no.  December 21st.”

“Uh, yeah,” I said.  “I will totally make that appointment on December 21st.  That will be so useful.” In my most sarcastic voice possible.  Then I hung up the phone.  Because honestly, if this isn’t cleared up by December 21st.  I will likely have to be placed in some kind of psychiatric asylum. And then he will have to carry that guilt for the rest of his life.  Not my problem.

At this point, I was in some kind of manic rage.  And the only two things that I could foresee calming me down.  Were Pioneer Woman.  And pasta.  Obviously.

So I headed over to PW Cooks.  Read a few of her posts.  Laughed out loud a bit too much and..uh..too loudly.  And then stuffed myself full of her pasta with tomato-blue cheese sauce.

It has curative carbalicious properties.  I know it.  And if you use almond milk instead of heavy cream…you won’t feel any guilt at all about eating it.  Your thighs won’t even quiver.  I swear it.

(And just in case you were worried.  I called one of my coaches and made an appointment at his physical therapy office.  For Monday.  This Monday.  Yeah, he cares about my health and well being.  Ain’t that something.)

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Pasta with Tomato-Blue Cheese Sauce
Serves 4, adapted from Pioneer Woman Cooks

1 lb pasta
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
pinch of sugar
salt and pepper to taste
crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup almond milk
1 bundle of spinach from the Farmer’s market…probably around 4-5 cups
extra blue cheese for crumbling

1. Set a pot of salted water to boil for the pasta.

2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add olive oil.  When shimmering, add the three cloves garlic.  Cook for about 30 seconds or until garlic becomes fragrant.  Add in the canned diced toamtoes (I used San Marzanos…always the way to go).  Season with sugar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. If your water is now boiling, go ahead and add in the pasta.  Pour the blue cheese crumbles and the milk into the tomatoes and stir until melted.  Put the spinach leaves in the strainer that you’re going to use to strain the pasta.  Pour the pasta water (and pasta) over these while straining so that the spinach gets cooked instantly.  Mix the pasta and now-cooked spinach with the sauce in a large bowl.  Season to taste.  Serve in bowls, topped with an extra tbsp of blue cheese crumbles.

I am submitting this to Presto Pasta Nights which is being hosted by one of my favorites – Debbi of Debbi Does Dinner Healthy and Low Calorie.

Please send me your entries for REGIONAL RECIPES: BRAZIL by December 1st!

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105 Responses to Pioneer Woman’s Pasta with Tomato-Blue Cheese Sauce

  1. things i’m certain of:

    1) most doctors don’t give a damn. but i do have an awesome orthopedic surgeon (who thank goodness never operated on me) who saw me immediately after finding out that there was a girl in the office limping around and barely capable of walking.
    2) 28-ounce cans of diced tomatoes are a totally necessary pantry staple. (where do you purchase this brand you speak of?)
    3) yoga heals all wounds. or at least keeps you busy and calm while wounds (running or otherwise) are healing themselves.

    that’s a whole lot of certainty for 8AM, huh?

  2. Ty'sMommy says:

    I’m with you in the San Marzano tomatoes – always the best, IMHO.

    Sadly, I am also with you on the pain tolerance. To add to that, the women in my family (grandma, sister and I, at least) have a hereditary tolerance to pain meds. Yeah. Vicodin doesn’t even touch it when I have pain. So, I generally just suffer becausew at that point, what else is there to do, right? And doctors? (no offense to your future vocation, I’m sure there are SOME sensible doctors) don’t really care. For that matter, they don’t really believe us most of the time, either.
    So, I’m here for you, sister! I feel your pain (pun intended).

  3. Ruth Daniels says:

    Pasta sounds great… pain on the other hand… not so much.

    Thanks for sharing the dish with Presto Pasta Nights and hopefully the physiotherapist will have you healed by the time you see the Orthopedic surgeon.

  4. jenna laughs says:

    I love your tablecloth!! So appropriate with the colors in the pasta. Is it weird that I noticed that? Anyway… the pasta looks great! Hope that large knife stops stabbing your legs soon.

  5. David says:

    Thanks for sharing the info. It was a great post.

  6. Giovanna says:

    Oh, yum! My 8 year old daughter would eat the blue cheese sauce with a spoon! No kidding!! I love everything about this pasta hun, the pasta looks divine. And I agree, your tablecloth is super cute : )

    Running pain is sooooo different from birthing pain : )
    I’ve had both, and I am sad to tell you that the running pain will stay with you much longer. Have you tried a hot soak with epsom salts? I know it sounds old fashioned but it helped my feet when I was a runner. I used to also soak in my parents hot tub and that was amazing for some of my soreness and pains.

    Hope you feel better soon sweetie : )

  7. Shannon says:

    Ahhhhh. I totally know the feeling. I’ve been in a similar situation where I had to wait a month for an appt. The problem resolved itself before the appt. but in the meantime, I lost about a week of living life. Unless you count laying in bed watching bad TV and whimpering living life…

    Anyway. I’m so psyched you posted this dish because I thought I was out of blue cheese so I bought some more last night only to find a huge container in the fridge. Now I need to use it.

    Looks delish!

  8. janet says:

    Hey Joanne,

    Ah, so it isn’t just in Canada where you have to wait for an appointment to see a doctor… :P Glad you found someone to see you, though, a bit sooner. Hope everything is ok!

    Love this pasta salad… especially with the almond milk! Yum! :)

  9. Mary says:

    Now that is a glorious good looking pasta if ever there was one. I hope physical therapy will help with the leg problems you are having. Try to take it easy. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  10. Katerina says:

    Aren’t these doctors aweful or what? I know you study to become one don’t be offended you are excluded from this statement. It has happened to me and I wasn’t that polite as you were. I demanded an earlier appointment and finally I got it!I think women are more tolerant to pain than men. I guess we are stronger. As far as the labor pains are concerned I can tell you that when I had my son the pain was so strong I didn’t want to talk because I wanted to keep my strength to endure it. This pasta must have made you forget all this bad story.

  11. oh no i hope your leg feels better!!! That is just horrid! On the other hand…I ‘m freakin CRAZY about blue cheese AND tomatoes…you are a cooking goddess!

  12. Eliana says:

    Hope your legs feel better babe. And the next time you need an appointment scheduled, give me a ring. I’m an expert at cutting through the crap.

  13. I’ll make this short because I know your mother is punching in your telephone no. as I type!! Perhaps you could have offered your orthopedist a food bribe? Worth a try. In the meantime, glad you are getting some help and are not so debilitated that you couldn’t prepare and post this delicious recipe.

    Take 2 servings and call your doctor back in the a.m..

    Best,
    Bonnie

  14. Hannah says:

    Augh, feel better asap, that’s awful to hear. :( Hopefully you’ll be able to rest your legs a bit over the holiday…

    Believe it or not, I actually have vegan blue cheese on hand at this very moment, and am having trouble finding a reason why not to make this pasta dish. It sounds simple and tasty, just what I could use!

  15. Pam says:

    Thank goodness you are going in on Monday!!!

    And thanks for the fab tip on the almond milk. I bought some on a whim, and haven’t figured out what to do with it yet.

  16. elra says:

    Your pasta look superb, must be delicious with blue cheese sauce.

  17. Dawn says:

    You crack me up. That was how I felt when, overnight (not to be gross), I got a UTI and thought I was going to DIE. I finally got in to the walk in clinic first thing the next morning (because my damn doctor couldn’t get me in till 5PM the next day) and told her about my damn doctor and asked why they don’t treat this as an emergency and she actually LAUGHED. The nerve. I had been considering calling an ambulance and going to the ER over night. And I’ve given birth so I know what the heck pain is and I have a high tolerance for pain too. So there.

  18. Amy says:

    That’s crazy. Like when you need an entire year’s notice to schedule a gyno apt. But with that, you’re not in pain.

    I would totally make this if I wasn’t the only one in the house who likes strong cheeses. Did you see PW on Throwdown with Bobby Flay last night? She was awesome. I swear Ree could solve world peace.

  19. Victoria says:

    Ahh, can’t believe they couldn’t squeeze you in sooner! I hope you feel better!! This pasta would totally comfort me too, even on my worst days, haha.

  20. OUCH! I do hope we don’t find you posting from an asylum! Hopefully, that delicious pasta dish helped soothe the savage pain somewhat.

  21. looks fab! hope you’re having a great day!

    xo Alison

  22. Faith says:

    Oh no, I’m sorry about the doctor! That is so annoying. Mike has been having pretty bad tooth pain and his dentist actually told him to wait 2 weeks to see if it still hurts and then call back to set up an appointment. What?! Anyway, the pasta looks fantastic!

  23. Stella says:

    Hey Joanne, sorry about your calves. I hope they fell better today. I guess at least you know how to not treat your future patients from this experience;-) Oh, and you got delicious pasta, which, by the way, looks very very delicious. Me wants a bowl…!

  24. Swathi says:

    Usually i have to that kind talk while i am making Gynecologist appointment. They are booked for almost every day.It is sad that you are in pain, and he is extending the appointment for about one month. Hope you will find some solution.
    Pasta and blue cheese sauce sounds tasty and awesome.

  25. R. says:

    Flipping doctors. Honestly he probably won’t know what’s wrong with you either. A friend of mine went in to see TWO different orthopedists at top LA hospitals. One said she had a hip issue and needed an immediate operation, the other doc said she had arthritis and needed an immediate series of shots.

    After she thought about it for 3 weeks and did some consistent foam-rolling, physical therapy and stretching…the pain was gone. NO irreversible surgeries (that surely would have made the docs some good $).

    I’d trust a physical therapist / sports rehab counselor well before 90% of doctors. I know you’re going to med school ;) I know you’ll be in that special 10% that actually CARES about the patient, not about performing a costly surgery – particularly on athletes.

    RANT! <3 Regardless, I hope it feels better.

  26. Kristin says:

    I am not a huge fan of blue cheese but this recipe sounds delicious. Sorry to hear about your ordeal. I can totally sympathize, the military hospital at our last base had limited staff and no matter the reason for the appointment you had to wait at least a month. I am glad that this base has an ER so if anything horrible happens I can go right in. I would keep calling them to see if there are cancellations. You might get lucky and get someone who can pull some strings for you.

  27. Oopsy , dis is sad, it aint so bad here, unless its the dentist and if its an emergency {like me eating things im not supposed to, breaking braces, then after trying a couple of hours of stunts and all sorts of appliances ,rushn to my doc}ur in a breeze!
    Infact ,they do come over too, if u want them too, not all ,but they do!!
    One sweetest doc, who is a great family pal too, hops by ,we love it, and whoever was sick starts feeling better, and then im rushing in and out of the kitchen ,fixing goodies , so can keep the food flowing for the conversation thats going!

    Am glad ur physical therapist will see u, its must be lousy to be in pain like that!!
    And being in pain ,u actually got some amazing Pasta with blue cheese going!
    I had a veggie dinner and am so totally hungry now!!

  28. Big Dude says:

    Pasta comforts everything and I like this dish. I watched Ree whip up on Bobby Flay last night in a Thanksgiving Throwdown.

  29. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I feel so sorry for your legs…hopefully they get better soon! Wanna know whats worse than having a high pain tolerance? Being me. Yes me. On an average day anytime I feel a weird pain in my body I usually think I’m dying of one of the following ailments: stroke, heart attack or blood clot. I’m pretty much a doctors worse nightmare.

    Ok back to pasta. So tasty. Maybe if I ate more of that I wouldn’t always think I was dying…

  30. Ameena says:

    I can’t stand it when I call my doctor and tell her I have an emergency and they so gracefully tell me I can come in after 30 days. I just want to go postal on them!!

    I hope you feel better soon. Hit the ER if worst comes to worst. Sometimes thats the only way you can get things done in a timely manner.

  31. Maya says:

    I love that you used almond milk with blue cheese. That’s totally what I would do, too. Save the dairy for the good stuff.

    Good luck with your calves!

  32. Ack! That is some intense pain. Good thing you found someone to see you sooner than December! How frustrating. Don’t runners carb up before the big event? No wonder this pasta may have soothed you just a bit.

  33. Tasha says:

    Pasta, blue cheese and tomatoes…by the title alone, I knew this was going to be a recipe I was going to love! (The fact that there was also spinach was icing on the cake.) Totally the kind of thing I would want to make me feel better in your situation. Glad you have someone willing to see you in a reasonable amount of time. Hope you feel better.

  34. Glad you have an appointment Monday. This tells you that your becoming a doctor is going to help the waiting times. Here it takes 2 years to get into a gastroenterologist on an URGENT appointment. Sheesh. Now if the masses had to wait for their dinner we would need surgery so good thing you offered us some delicious pasta!!

  35. aipi says:

    Beautiful pasta dish..lovely combo of ingredients!

    US Masala

  36. The Pioneer Woman makes everythinggg better!! Hope you’re feeling a bit better today and can walk :) The last time I made an appt. with my old doctor, the only open appt. they had was in 9 months. Excuuuse me?? Yeah, right. I promptly switched doctors. And it’s not a whole lot better.

    Sues

  37. Yosha says:

    Yikes! I can’t even imagine functioning in that kind of pain. Here’s hoping monday comes around really fast.

    The food sounds lovely!

    Oh hey something to keep you occupied… apparenlty the PW challenged bobby flay to a thanksgiving throwdown. I haven’t seen it myself but I am hoping it can be found some where on the net.

  38. I have had such a harrowing incident in June when I stretched my belly muscles coz I over did the treadmill & elliptical.I was rushed to an emergency coz I cudnt stand up…It took flat 40 minutes for smbody to attend me…it was PATHETIC!
    Anyways the pasta is super delish looking!

  39. I always think it’s insane how Dr.’s will do that! You say you are in pain, and it’s no big deal to them that you have to wait over a month. Do they really have that many people to be booked until then? I wish I knew what to tell you about your calf muscles, but sadly I don’t… And you are right, what is a better way to make yourself fell better than making a PW dish!

  40. Carol says:

    I’m not sure which I like more – your humor or the recipe that has me craving pasta and blue cheese right now:-) Sorry that you’re in pain, though!

  41. Pam says:

    UGH – Doctors! This pasta would calm me down too… I love anything with blue cheese.

  42. I”m totally with you on the PW providing stress-relieving magic. And lots of laughs. I’ve actually made this recipe many, many times and it is INCREDIBLE. The depth of flavor achieved by relatively few ingredients never ceases to amaze me. I posted a version on my blog with more spinach, dry sherry, and some spices, and it’s also fantastic. You just can’t go wrong with blue cheese, tomatoes, and pasta.

  43. Just saw PW on Bobby’s show last night!

    Stinks about the pain and yeah ridiculous that you can’t get in sooner than dec 21! Same thing happened to me last year when I had a flu and called the Dr. and their 1st opening was in a week! I was like….yeah well…I plan to be all better by then. Crazy.

    This pasta looks perfect. :)

  44. polwig says:

    Yikes, that does seem painfull. I never felt pain when I ran but I was never as fast as you. But I do have a high tolerance for pain, drove myself to the hospital when I was delivering twins b/c my stomach felt weird and told my husband to calm down when I was pushing ;) You will be there too :)

  45. teresa says:

    joanne! i’m so sorry about your legs, that sounds so painful. i hope you are feeling better before your appointment, which is TOO far away.

    i do applaud your choice of healing dishes, i really want to make this. i will happily eat just about anything with blue cheese!

  46. Simply Life says:

    oh man, that dish would make me forget all my pain (I hope!)

  47. Raina says:

    I am so glad you were able to get a PT appointment. Sounds like you really need to be checked out.

    Great pasta dish! I love blue cheese. Thanks for the tip about the almond milk. I would not have thought of that. What a great way to cut out som fat..thanks:)

  48. RamblingTart says:

    I’m so sorry you’re in so much pain, luv! THRILLED you found a kind soul to help you out. I hope it works. :-) Way to drown your agonies in comfort food. This is beautiful. :-)

  49. Ugh! Sorry about all the pain! Doctors often can be completely useless, for that I agree.

    As far as childbirth, uh, I’ll talk to you after your first. I always thought that I had a high pain tolerance too.

    The pasta looks wonderful! I hope it temporarily cured the pain!

  50. Kim says:

    Oh no…stabbing pain in your calves is never a good thing. Glad to hear that someone can see you soon. It’s always frustrating when you can’t get in to see your doctor right away.
    I think you cooked up the perfect remedy. Pasta with tomato and blue cheese sauce sounds like a pasta and cheese lover’s dream and this almond milk…..I have to remember to buy it! Why oh why do they put it in the most inconspicuous places? I always forget about it.

  51. Debinhawaii says:

    You poor thing–I hope your coach can help. This pasta looks like the perfect thing to calm you down and make you better at least. ;-) Love the sound of that blue cheese sauce.

  52. Reeni says:

    Sorry your in pain my lovely! I hope this pasta helped take your mind off it – if only temporarily. It looks pretty darn delicious and super comforting!

  53. Julie says:

    is it wrong that i’m just learning about this pioneer woman? thank you very much bobby flay hahaha

    gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this pain BETTER go away! i think a bowl of ice cream is the solution to all pains.

  54. Julie says:

    I am so sorry you’re in pain! Don’t you just love it when you call a doctor and it’s a month or more until you can get in! The worst!

    This pasta looks so delicious. I love pasta.

  55. Hoping that really good pasta did its work and you forgot about the pain. Just don’t share this with your doctor. No cookies for him/her either.

    I am going to make you happy. I cooked two Brazilian dishes, tonight. I think, they will be on my blogs, tomorrow. Am I good or what?

    Now, I am off to Afghanistan…….

  56. That Girl says:

    When I herniated a disc in my back I called the doctor telling them I had constant spasming in my back, I couldn’t walk or sit. They told me they could see me in 2 weeks. Sometimes I think there needs to be better triage on those appointment hotlines.

  57. sweetlife says:

    Sorry to hear about your calves Joanne, I am glad your coach cared a little more about your well being than your doc…I have called to make appt for my girls and told to wait, whatever..when my girls are in pain, i walked into the office and demanded to be seen, really oscar moment..lol
    great way to comfort yourself with this yummo pasta, loving the blue cheese sauce
    sweetlife

  58. So sorry to read about your ailments! You are young and will heal real soon. This pasta is very comforting and unusual and provides me with some great inspiration for my next pasta meal!

  59. Love P.W.’s pasta dish. :) Hope Monday brings you some relief!

  60. Indie.Tea says:

    Awww, I hope you find another doctor who can see you soon. Or that the pain magically disappears…
    And I think that I may have skipped a breath when I read the title ‘….tomato-blue cheese sauce”…sounds and looks incredible.

  61. tigerfish says:

    I definitely like more sauce (esp when it is tomato!) in my pasta.

  62. elpi says:

    what a healthy pasta you have, i definitely have to try this recipe of yours.

  63. Oh la la, I hope your calf will be better!
    These pasta with blue cheese are exactly what I would need now: conforting, filling and delicious!

  64. girlichef says:

    This sounds awesome, love the bleu cheese sauce…I could probably drink that alone! Hopefully eating bowls of this will keep them calves in working condition. At least until Monday. :D

  65. Sharon says:

    Oh I am glad that you got an appointment this Monday.For the pasta..Looks lovely

  66. Kristen says:

    OOOOh I want some of that. Now.

    I agree about the San Marzanos, but sometimes the $4/can gets in the way of taste.

  67. OohLookBel says:

    You’ve prompted me to dig open my PW cookbook – it’s never been used up till now. I hope there’s a nice pasta dish in it like the one you’ve made. PS: Hope your calf pain eases up.

  68. Barbara says:

    Are you kidding? I’m having heavy cream in mine! (Got to go back and read that cookbook! Again.)

    What’s up with that doctor? The 21st???? Puhleeze.

  69. Vivienne says:

    Ahhh my tummies grumbling at this time of the night just looking at the dish. That 2nd photo is awesome!!

    Oh sorry – was too distracted with the food to empathize about your pains. :P jk. Glad to hear that your coach cares and come monday you’ll hopefully be better :) I’m sure eligible guys who have fears of being yelled at by a woman will be lining up lol.

  70. Mo Diva says:

    seriously tho, when has pdubs EVER let us down???

  71. lovely & Delicious pasta;…love the name…

  72. Kelsey says:

    wth! i hate when i try to book an appointment and they tell me the soonest they can get me in is like a month or so away. usually by then ive either found an alternative or got so used to whatever the ailment was that i end up not bothering. its rediculous given your pain. the people on the phone are likely sitting there oblivious to how the client is feeling- urghhh!

  73. Elizabeth says:

    Love this dish and it’s early enough in the day to pick up the fixins and make it tonight. Repurposing pasta water to cook the greens — fantastic.

    Never having to make an appointment to visit this great blog — priceless.

  74. Ann says:

    This dish really looks so delicious. I hope your pain gets better. There is nothing worse than that,. I’m a bit of an expert in it, unfortunately.

  75. Anything the Pioneer Woman cooks up could make us all feel better & happier. Heck, if everyone ate her food I am sure there would be world peace! This pasta looks great & I hope you are feeling better! If not, keep eating :) xo

  76. This pasta sounds delicious and I hope you get the pains sorted out, I should know as I have my fair share of them too!

  77. Jessie says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been having some running pains :( I can’t believe that your orthopedist is THAT booked up, and that his receptionist was such a meanie (I wanted to use another word there, but I refrained). I hope you get sorted out on Monday for the sake of your ambulation!

    You should totally put the following in a personal ad: “Awesome NYC gal who can cook gourmet meals even when she’s in crippling pain and will give birth without cursing you out of the room”. :D

  78. Blue cheese and pasta just might cure all aches and pains. Looks fantastic! Now, I need to try it and see if it heals my weird toe pain after running because I refuse to admit that could just be age related.

  79. Ben says:

    If reading food blogs doesn’t make you feel better, I don’t know what would. LOL I hope you feel better soon and great dish. I love it!

  80. Shannon says:

    i hope the appointment goes well… this pasta should help pass the time :)

  81. take it easy girlie and great pasta dish yum

  82. I’m no doctor, but I’m no stranger to nerve pain, and that sounds a lot like a herniated disc to me.

    My prescription – eat a whole lot more of this insanely good-looking pasta dish, and find a good yoga teacher, both of which will make you feel better while your body heals :-)

    Sue

  83. my tolerance of pain is….obviously minimum. that’s why i failed to give birth to my son naturally T_T

    birthing pain…i think it’s one of those things that even blue cheese nor chocolate can’t help. on a scale of 1-10 it’s at 1,000,000,000 ^_^

  84. Monet says:

    I get such anxiety when I have to see a doctor…they can be so snooty! I’m so sorry about your pain, and I wish I could send you a sure-fix solution! I, like you, turn to food when I’m feeling down or anxious, and this pasta dish looks like an excellent remedy! Thank you for sharing…I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of good eating and restoration!

  85. theUngourmet says:

    A good PW recipe is the perfect remedy. My husband isn’t much of a pasta guy but he is quite the blue cheese guy. I wonder if he’d eat this. I know I would! Hope you heal quickly!

  86. I’m sorry you are in such pain :( Hopefully it can go away soon. The pasta looks terrific with the blue cheese sauce!

  87. I hope all goes well with your calves. I hate it when one cannot find doctor appointments easily. Anyway pioneer woman recipes are usually comfort food, so great choice.

  88. Hope you have a speedy recovery. I like Pioneer Woman’s recipe too. Your pasta dish looks very colourful and tempting. ;)

  89. Great flavours! I love blue cheese.
    You don’t even want to know how terrible my doc is. First of all, he isn’t even my doc. My doc shared the office with him and ran away. Now I am stuck with the remaining guy, whose wife (Indian version of a fish-wife) very kindly wrote on my file NOT OUR PATIENT so that I could sit and wait for hours while other people come and go. But I am a Canadian, and it is not in our nature to protest too loudly. So I sit. And wait. Wait for you to get your license, actually. I’ll be here. Waiting.

  90. What a great, fresh, healthy meal. Hope you’re feeling better!

  91. grace says:

    i’m glad the blue cheese was able to talk you down. hope your legs feel better soon!

  92. Chris says:

    You know I like everything about this one, Joanne. Then again I’m a sucker for anything with blue cheese in it.

    “But sometimes when you’re dealing with irrational people like this. You need to say irrational things. Speak to their level of understanding. You know how it is.”

    I love the way you think.

  93. claire says:

    looks delicious- mm blue cheese!

  94. You poor thing! 12/21 is a long time to wait when you are having such pain. I hope there’ll be some cancellations or something and you can see your doctor sooner.

    The pasta looks delicious. Glad to know food and cooking at least keeps your mind off the pain. Take care.

  95. Ms. Meanie says:

    Yup, I know all about the pains of running. And you’re right — comfort food is the best way to relieve those pains. I hope you’re not getting too injured. I know that’s pretty common when you get back into running, so be careful girl! Seriously, though this pasta looks amazing, and gives me so many ideas about variations. I’m thinking: adding some different veggies, try a different cheese (parmesan, feta, peccorino)…possibilities are endless. Thanks for the inspiration!

  96. I too, can tolerate pain quite well and very often have pause and wonder if a sensation should be serious enough to be considered as pain. But you are right, it is dangerous to ignore pain and you definitely should do something about it before 21st dec! The Chinese always believe that one should take care of their problems when they are young else they will come back to haunt you big time when you get older! Don’t push yourself too much over running and continue churning out more delicious and healthy treats like these ! :)

  97. My thighs can quiver. I’ll take the heavy cream. Good for you on the almond milk. Go PW! I’ve been scarce with work and craziness. I’m behind in reading… I need to scroll a bit to see what the heck happened to you, my friend!

  98. zerrin says:

    I can’t tolerate such doctors. You have an urgent problem, but there is no appointment for you. Must be crazy! It’s good that you find your coach to examine you. Hope you get better very soon!

    This pasta looks so lovely! I love spinach leaves on it.

  99. Reading this on a Sunday morning at 10 am after eating a full breakfast of eggs, carbs, and baked goods is making me sooooooo hungry!! Glad you got an appointment with a physical therapist. Hope your calves are still functional!

  100. Karen says:

    I remember seeing this on PW’s blog. I thought it sounded great then and I do now, too! Love blue cheese :)

  101. I’d never had thought to put blue cheese with tomato sauce but it sounds great. Hope your calves are feeling better by now!

  102. Meesh says:

    love the pioneer woman! wow this looks so greeat!

  103. Aw sorry about your calves, hun! This pasta looks great, though. Only hear great things about PW recipes.

  104. Johanna GGG says:

    21st december does seem a long way away – at least I have many things to do before then – and I am sure you do – good luck with limping through the next month – that is tough!

    More delicious pasta meals like this might help but would be more satisfying if eaten while hacking into your orthopedist’s calendar and making your appt earlier – esp if you could delete a christmas party in the process :-)

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