The celeb chef shares the pasta recipe that fuels her husband Stephen Curry before a big game.

By Marnie Soman Schwartz
Updated: March 05, 2018
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Carbo-loading before a marathon or big game? We have the pasta recipe you've been looking for, courtesy of cookbook author, restaurateur, and Food Network star Ayesha Curry.

The recipe features a generous serving of spaghetti to help you fill your tank, and the hearty sauce is filled with antioxidant-rich vegetables, like tomatoes, eggplants, and spinach. You know it's legit because Curry makes the dish for her basketball star husband, Stephen Curry, before a game. The dish even inspired Curry to create her namesake cookware line found at Target (we love the porcelain enamel nonstick pans, which start at $20 on and move seamlessly between the stove and the oven). (More: Healthy Pasta Recipes That Go Way Beyond Spaghetti and Meatballs)

Game Day Pasta

Serves: 4 to 6


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 globe eggplant, cut into cubes (about 6 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can whole San Marzano tomatoes, crushed with a spoon or your hands, including liquid
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 pound spaghetti or penne
  • 2 packed cups spinach leaves
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 or 2 lemon wedges


Adapted with permission from The Seasoned Life by Ayesha Curry (Little, Brown and Company 2016).


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