Ghetto Mac

Ahhh, the simple pleasures.

Kittens.

Warm bath towels.

Snow days.

and…

Mac ‘n Cheese!

Tonight I was all over some hot, cheesy pasta.  I don’t frequently crave pasta dishes, but when I do it’s mac ‘n cheese in a BIG way.

When I do make it, I call it Ghetto Mac because I almost never make a trip to the grocery store so I end up throwing anything that I’ve got in my kitchen into the dish.   It’s like a science experiment!

I started with some Trader Joe’s organic brown rice penne.

This stuff kind of sticks to the pot when you’re boiling it, but I still love it.  It tastes good, sure, but check out the nutritional stats on this baby:

You can’t beat that!  I made a quick little cheese sauce.  Here’s how:

Melt some butter in a pan and add an equal amount of flour to it.  Add some chopped onion and garlic and let them cook together for a minute or two.

Ordinarily, I’d add milk here as the base of the sauce, but I didn’t have any (fail!) so I subbed in chicken broth.  Trust me, this works juuust fine. 🙂

Whisk in the liquid and reduce heat to low.  While this simmers away, add whatever cheese you’ve got on hand.  I used a little chopped up sharp white cheddar and half of a string cheese.  Yes, I ripped a string cheese in half and tore it up into my lovely white sauce.  You’re jealous of my classiness, I can tell.

I then added some sun dried tomatoes…

These are a personal favorite.  I also threw in some broccoli and cut up leftover coq au vin from last night.

Once the cheese is melted, add the pasta to the pan and stir!

Here’s my plate, with an extra side of broccoli:

There was a lot going on in this pasta, but it was all kinds of good!  I may have even eaten more after I finished that.

It was a comfort food kind of evening.  Mission accomplished.

What’s your go-to comfort food dish?  Do you make it for yourself or order it in a restaurant?

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