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.


misskallie2000 said...

Your receipe sounds like a great comfort food for these cold days here in Georgia. I would love to have Bermuda's weather as I can't stand the cold wet winters that make me ache all over.
My winter comfort food is homemade veg soup. Family and friends like it as well so I make a large pot.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Heather Blake Webber said...

You had me at pasta. Sounds delish!

Sue said...

Sounds really good on these cold days. I'll have to try it soon Thanks

Brittney said...

As I live in Iowa and we get very cold here anything in the crockpot is amazing. I love putting it in before I go to work and come home to a home cooked meal!

Nancy in Bermuda said...

Mmmm, sounds very tasty and also easy and quick. I think this will be for dinner tonight. Thanks Lucy !

Do they serve Lucy's Mushroom Pasta in Inspiration Valley ? I was thrilled to receive a pre-release copy of "Buried in a Book" and loved every page. The characters prepare and eat a lot of tasty meals. I'll have to re-read now to see if someone served Lucy's Mushroom Pasta.

Aurian said...

This actually sounds like something I could do, and would love to eat! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

@misskallie2000-I love homemade soups too! Definitely a comfort food for me.

Anonymous said...

@Brittney-I love using the crockpot for stews, chili, and soups. So easy and convenient, and coming inside from the cold to the smell of something that's been simmering all day is heavenly!

Anonymous said...

@Heather-Me too. Anything with pasta!

Anonymous said...

@Sue and @Aurian-It's really easy to make. And delicious.

Anonymous said...

@Nancy-Sorry, no mushroom pasta in Buried in a Book, just other delectable dishes. Enjoy your dinner tonight.

Dru said...

I love your recipe, this one I can make.

Congrats on your upcoming book release.

Maureen Hayes said...

This looks delicious but I need your help, I have a severe garlic allergy. Could I just use cream cheese and add some ion salt? Do you have any other suggestions for a swap for the garlic cream cheese?

Can't wait for the new book BTW!


Anonymous said...

@Maureen--I'm sure it would be just as delicious with regular cream cheese, as long as you use the same amount, And you can flavour it with any spices and herbs you like.

Anonymous said...

@ Dru--Thanks. I can hardly wait.

Vickie said...

Oh, YUM! Thank you for sharing this.

My favorite comfort food would be my mom's chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes. O..M..G...It's so flippin' excellent and I have to watch portion sizes or I'd make myself ill eating too much.

Laura W said...

OMG! I made this for hubby and me tonight. It was absolutely delicious. I will admit I love everything pasta, but to get a "this is really good" from hubby is huge.