Isn’t it amazing how we crave certain foods/recipes when we are feeling stressed, sad or out of sorts? I’d have to chose as my all-time fav. comfort recipe: Homemade Mac and Cheese (with a generous dollop of salsa or stewed tomatoes on the side, natch). 😉
This is my version of the family favorite from: Not Just for Vegetarians and I’ve included the recipe at the end of this post. Do let me know if you give it a try.
What is your favorite comfort food and/or recipe? And please do link to your recipe if possible so that we can all enjoy it! 🙂
YUMMMMMMY MAC AND CHEESE, WITH A TWIST
Delicious, satisfying and oh so good. Serve with stewed tomatoes or salsa to top this satisfying ‘comfort food’ entrée. You’ll never settle for KD again!!!!
3 C. uncooked pasta, preferably whole wheat or multi-grain (try a new shape-spirals, wagon wheels, shells, penne etc..…)
2 T. butter or margarine
2 medium onions, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 small red or green pepper, diced
3 T. unbleached flour OR 1 1/2 T. cornstarch
2 C. milk
1-10 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1-2 T. Dijon mustard (to taste)
1 ½ C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (no subs.)
2 T. finely chopped fresh parsley
1-2 teas. crushed dried thyme leaves (to taste)
¼-1/2 teas. freshly-ground pepper, to taste
In a large cooking pot, cook the pasta in a large quantity of boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a large (8C.) casserole dish and set aside.
In the same cooking pot (saves on dishes) that pasta was cooked in, melt butter over medium heat. Add the diced onions, green or red pepper and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add flour and stir to coat vegetables. Add the milk, mushroom soup and mustard, continuing to stir until sauce is smooth and thickened. Add cheese and continue to stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
Combine the pasta, parsley and seasonings with the sauce. Pour into prepared casserole dish.
Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Remove lid from casserole for last 5 minutes of baking time.
Recipe adapted from: © Not Just for Vegetarians by Geraldine Hartman.