Penn State Pasta

One day. One day until Julie and I get to go up to Penn State for THON.

For those of you who don’t know about THON, it is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world! THON is a 48-hour dance marathon that raises money for families affected by childhood cancer. To date, THON has donated over $78 MILLION dollars to the Four Diamonds Fund. To learn more about it, you can click here.

Feeling reminiscent of my own experiences with THON and excited to visit my alma mater, last night when we had nothing to eat… I made us my Penn State Pasta dinner. This pasta isn’t blue and white, shaped like the Nittany Lion, or made in Happy Valley… rather it was my favorite thing to make for dinner when I was busy in college. It’s cheap, simple, light, and of course… tastes so good!

Penn State Pasta (w/ Mango Chicken Sausage)

2 servings Whole Wheat Linguine

1 tsp Olive Oil & Salt (for boiling the pasta, if desired)

1 Lemon

2 Tablespoons Light Butter

1 teaspoon – 1 Tablespoon Spicy Montreal Steak Seasoning

¼ cup Reduced Fat Parmesan Cheese, grated

2 Mango Chicken Sausages


1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box, using olive oil and salt to boil if you choose to. I do.

2. Microwave the lemon for 15 seconds, roll it around, then slice in half.

3. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and put back in the pot to keep warm.

4. Add the juice from half or the whole lemon, the light butter, the seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Serve!

Optional: For this time, I sliced two chicken sausages, sautéed them with some cooking spray and added it into the pasta. You can remove this from the recipe, use chicken, or really anything!

I can’t wait to come back this weekend and tell you all about this year’s THON. Last year, they raised $9,563,016.09 for the kids. I bet they will beat it this year!

A very talented friend of mine, Meredith, was able to snap an amazing photograph of Beaver Stadium lighting the night sky in memory of Coach Joe Paterno. She and her husband are donating 100% of the proceeds of this picture to THON and have already raised just under $6,000. If you’re a Penn Stater, check it out and buy yourself one… I did! It’s beautiful!


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