In every culture, there is the idea of comfort food. The foods that remind you of home, or childhood, or just plain make you feel good. Now, in most cases, comfort food is not good for you. It’s meant to be good for the soul, not necessarily good for the body. But I think in this recipe, it’s a step closer to being both. I have many comfort foods, but one of my favorites is mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s cheese and pasta. What’s more comforting than that? The source of this recipe is Little Yuzu, a blog that I used to follow for bento, but stopped reading when it turned to non-food topics more often than food ones.
- Chicken Broth
- Pasta (I used tiny shells)
- Carrots, Broccoli and Cauliflower (This is what I used because I always have frozen on hand. Any combination of these would probably be all right.)
- Flour (for thickening)
- Cheddar (I used sharp)
- Ham (not in the original recipe)
I think everyone agrees that mac ‘n’ cheese and broccoli/carrot are a classic combo. So is ham and mac ‘n’ cheese. This is much thinner than what most people think of for mac ‘n’ cheese, but a smidge of salt and pepper made it great. It was creamy, starchy, and had veggies. I will note that because of the chicken broth and milk, the cheese flavor is not too strong. I used a sharp cheddar, and the pasta didn’t taste that sharp.
My bento basically looked like the bowl above, so I didn’t bother taking a picture of it. While the soup thickened considerably after it had been taken off the heat, it still retained the same comforting texture. Taste was about the same as the original.
This is absolutely great. It makes me feel better about eating comfort food, and pairing it with a protein makes it a relatively balanced meal. It reheated well, which makes for good bento food. I will definitely be putting this into my regular rotation, as I always have the ingredients on hand. I just wish I was good with coming up with recipes on the fly like Little Yuzu is.