comfort and joy…

Spaghetti with meat sauce was the very first dish I ever “mastered.”  From a simple ragù, to a complex Bolognese, and others that included several types of meat, the sauce evolved and matured as I did.

This evolution began when I combined leftover macaroni and cheese with spaghetti sauce. Not knowing what it was then, I now realize it was my version of culinary nirvana. A bowl of cheesey pasta loaded with meat sauce has now become one of my all-time comfort foods.

This weekend was the last weekend off I would have in the next couple of months. In preparation for another busy week ahead, I decided to cook something that would carry over several days. Usually this meant a stew of some sorts, chili,  or pasta. I figured I would be needing some week-long comforting so I made my Bolognese sauce.

The sauce literally takes most of the day to cook and tastes even better the following day. With a large stockpot full of sauce, I divided them in two and reserved one half for later on. A sauce made with Tillamook Cheddar, Fontina, and Gruyère cheeses was added to the other half and tossed with some elbow macaroni.

As I sit on the couch, with a warm bowl of pasta in one hand and a cold glass of milk in the other, I flip the channels looking for a cartoon to watch.  Comforted and joyous indeed…

Cheesy and Meaty Mac

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