Pure Comfort Food- Local Mac n Cheese
January 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
I feel like crap. My throat hurts and I’ve lost my voice and I went to a play audition and don’t think I did very well because I don’t have a voice and I’m sick and my apartment is cold and… sniff… I need a hug… 😦
In my life, there is only one remedy for this sad situation. Macaroni and Cheese.
Granted, mine is a local-food-adapted, more grown up version than the one out of the blue box, but it’s nearly as easy and just as comforting. I had no delusions that this would make me well (it’s no chicken soup of nutrients), but it certainly made me feel better about life for a while. And sometimes, that’s really all you can ask for.
Pure Comfort Macaroni and Cheese (makes 2 servings)
1 tbsp butter (Trickling Springs Creamery)
1 tbsp AP flour (Wade’s Mill)
1 cup whole milk (Homestead Creamery)
1/8 tsp fresh nutmeg (use less if only have ground nutmeg)
1/3 cup favorite/available cheeses (fresh mozzarella from NYC trip, FireFly’s Merry Goat Round)
2 servings pasta, short or long depending on preference (I used whole wheat fettucine from Hudson Valley Farms, from NYC trip)
1/4 cup Pancetta, crispy- optional (Homecured, given to me as a gift)
Small handful of fresh baby spinach- optional (Tuscarora- through Star Hollow CSA)
Put on salted water to boil for pasta. In a heavy bottomed skillet on medium heat, melt the butter then whisk in the flour to make a roux. Turn the heat up and add the milk, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Continue to stir, and let the sauce bubble and thicken.
When it sticks to the back of wooden spoon, add the nutmeg and cheeses. Stir with wooden spoon until all is incorporated. Taste test and add salt and pepper as needed.
When pasta is done boiling, pull it from the water with tongs and drop into pan with sauce. Fold pasta into sauce to coat. If using, add spinach at this time and fold in to wilt. Add (precooked) pancetta or bacon. If sauce is too thick, add a little pasta water and fold in.
Put into bowls immediately and sprinkle with a little more cheese and pepper. Eat and be comforted.
*This dish sadly does not keep very well, so if not sharing you should probably eat it all in one sitting. I’m just saying… hate to let food go to waste…