I’m still sick, and last night my husband got home a bit late from work. I hadn’t even started dinner at 7:00 p.m., so I needed something fast and easy, but still yummy and worth-coming-home-to. What’s going to fit that bill better than macaroni and cheez? Nothing, right?
I hunted through my pasta drawer and came up with some great Italian-made penne. I put some water on to boil, washed a few grape tomatoes and sliced them up, and pulled some cheezy ingredients out of my fridge and pantry.
I boiled up the pasta; drained it, reserving a bit of liquid and tossed in the tomatoes to heat up. Then I dropped in some shredded Daiya cheddar, tore up a slice of Daiya cheddar rounds, and dumped in a mixture of about 1/4 cup spelt breadcrumbs, 1 heaping Tbsp. of nutritional yeast and about 1/2 tsp. each, dried basil, dried parsley and red chili pepper flakes, and some freshly ground black pepper. I then added 1 spoonful of sriracha sauce, the reserved pasta water and stirred it all up over low heat.
It was just enough for two good-sized bowls and along with some carbonated water to drink, it made for the perfect cozy-comfort, welcome-home meal.
You will not miss the “real” stuff, I guarantee it.