The internet can be a vast and anonymous space, but it can also bring people together into wonderful virtual villages that transcend distance.
A little while ago, Liz and Kate wanted to do something for our dear fellow food-blogger Monet, who was grieving the sudden loss of two family members. They put out a call for comfort food recipes, and compiled these into a binder for Monet from her blogger friends. They have asked all of us who participated to share our recipes today.
My contribution was a recipe that I have posted previously, but it is worth posting again, as the simplest, most comforting food I know. This was my addition to Monet’s recipe book:
There are times when I don’t want to cook anything too time-consuming, and I certainly don’t want to eat anything too fancy or challenging to the palate. Some days even taking the trouble to buy the perfect Pecorino Romano for Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe is just not in the cards. Those are the days when Spaghetti with Buttered Noodles and Parmesan is called for.
This is nourishment at its most elemental–comfort food that I turn to when nursing a broken heart, or in need of a balm for nerves scraped raw by life. It is best eaten curled up on the couch, wrapped in an afghan, while rereading Little Women.
May it bring you comfort beyond anything one could reasonably ask of plain old spaghetti.
Buttered Noodles with Parmesan
- 3 oz whole wheat spaghetti
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 4-5 Crimini mushrooms, sliced
- good quality grated parmesan cheese
Bring a pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat butter and olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes before adding garlic. Cook gently for a few more minutes. Drain pasta, and add to skillet. Toss to coat, and turn pasta onto plate. Sprinkle lightly with parsley, generously with parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste. Serves one.