Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Comfort and Pasta

by Lucy Arlington

In the winter months I crave comfort food. You know the warm, stick-to-your-ribs stuff your mom made—oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, fresh bread. When I lived in Ontario, Canada with its ice and snow, those cravings made sense. Who doesn’t love to burrow on the couch under a blanket, with a good book and a warm oatmeal cookie, while the wind howls outside?

But currently I’m living in Bermuda, and although the winter temps can go as low as the high 50s, the weather hardly calls for snuggling inside to stay warm. So why am I still craving those chicken and dumplings?

Today, I’m sharing a recipe that, in my opinion, falls into the comfort food category, but is lighter and healthier. A friend of mine gave me this recipe, and it fits the bill on so many levels—it’s pasta, it’s easy, and it’s delicious. Make it for dinner sometime this week and see if you agree.

Do you crave comfort foods in the winter? What is your favourite comfort food?

(By the way, less than a week to the release of BURIED IN A BOOK! I can’t wait.)


1 ½ cups bow tie pasta (farfale)

½ lb. mushrooms

½ onion, chopped

1 Tbsp butter

1 4.4 oz package of garlic-herb cream cheese (Boursin is the best)

¼ cup chicken broth

pepper, to taste

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

2. While it’s cooking: In a large skillet, sauté mushrooms, onions, and pepper in the butter until tender.

3. Add cheese and broth and stir until blended.

4. Drain pasta, add to skillet, and toss to coat.

5. Serve with Parmesan cheese.