Food is a great comforter. There is just something about the connection between our taste buds and our brain that can do wonders. I don’t pretend to understand it, but the right foods can make us feel better when the rain has spoiled our parade, when the dog has eaten our homework, when no one likes us and we’re tempted to go eat worms.
There are some foods that are generally known to bring comfort, like chicken noodle soup or macaroni and cheese. Usually, “comfort foods” involve a few fattening ingredients and leave your belly feeling full. And they always taste great!
One of my favorites is the Mac and Cheese that FishPapa and I have been making forever. For some odd reason, most of our kids don’t like it – they have melted cheese issues. That’s okay, that leaves lots for FP and me! I make a batch of this for us and a batch of plain noodles for the kids.
If no one in your family has a cheese psychosis, you’re gonna love this! It’s very easy, very make-ahead and it freezes well also.
Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese
- 3/4 pound elbow macaroni or penne pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While pasta is cooking, combine sour cream, cheese cubes and salt and pepper. Stir in drained noodles. Pour into greased, 9 x 13 baking dish.* Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.
- Updated 12/1/09: For freezer cooking. I wrap and freeze at the asterisk.* Make sure you label the pan with baking directions: bake thawed at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. If it doesn’t thaw completely before you need to bake it, just increase your baking time, checking often.
- Updated 12/3/09: When I prepared this dish this week, I used small macaroni instead of the large elbows or penne that I normally use. Somehow it turned out less “saucy,” so I’ve adjusted the quantity of pasta in the recipe above to accomodate a difference of pasta size. Use good judgement and if you want it saucier, add more sour cream and cheese.
How about you? What’s your family’s favorite comfort food. There’s bound to be something you enjoy when you are sick, snowed in, or just need a little pick me up. Today’s the day to share it!
Can’t wait to see what you cook up on a rainy day!