From the time she was just a pre-teen, Tara Lipinski was tearing up ice rinks as one of the leading ice skaters in the world — she was the youngest to ever win a World Figure Skating title when she was just 14 years old. While Lipinski is clearly a natural on the ice, one of the things she says helped her spin so effortlessly on skates were her pre-game meals: Pasta. Literally any kind of pasta.
Now, as the co-host of Food Network’s new series ‘Wedding Cake Championships’ alongside Johnny Weir, Lipinski is gliding into the world of baking elaborate wedding cakes — but, as she tells Bustle, pasta is still her one true love and her favorite meal.
3It’s Special Because It’s So Comforting
My favorite meal is definitely pasta of any sort. And I mean of any sort — whether it’s penne, spaghetti, linguine, or even a sort of ravioli, with arrabbiata sauce, tomato sauce, vodka sauce, pesto… I can eat that meal every day. I think since I grew up training in ice skating, and it was carb-loading that gave me energy all the time, it became a comfort food. Before competitions too, it was my competition meal, so I think that’s another reason why I like it so much.
I’m assuming that’s it. It’s either that or I just truly have a love of pasta. My go-to is usually penne alla vodka because it’s very adaptable, but I love them all.