Coast Cooking

Comfort food makes everything all right

Feeling blue? Got some bad news at work? Had a tiff with that special someone?

There are lots of things you can do to feel better, some good, some not so healthy, but the one almost universal panacea is comfort food.

Everyone has their favorite. It is often something dear ol’ mom made for us when we were tikes, but there is one comfort food that stands high on most people's list; Mac and cheese.

There are many recipes for mac and cheese, but most follow the same culinary path and involve elbow macaroni and American processed cheese.

Please, let me offer you an Italian-influenced version. I made this at a cooking class one time and a pretty young girl got teary over it; it is that good. But as is always the case, use the best ingredients you can and your best technique. 

Here we go:

1 package linguine (Riscossa is my favorite)

1-2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1-2 cloves diced garlic

Best quality olive oil

1 pinch red pepper flakes

Prepare the pasta according to package directions, making sure not to overcook it. In a sauté pan large enough to hold the pasta, add a little olive oil, the red pepper flakes and the finely diced garlic. Cook only until the garlic is soft and fragrant. Add the cooked pasta and toss, add the cheese and toss again. Serve immediately.