My boyfriend is away this week house sitting for some friends. Normally when he’s gone for an evening working at the hospital or out with friends, I like the time to catch up on my girly shows and eat whatever I want. But a whole week?! We’ve done long distance before (1 1/2 years total between study abroad and school schedules not matching up), but it’s never fun. When I was deciding what to make this week for dinner, I thought about using some of the fun “Cooking for one” recipes you see all over pinterest. Then, I just decided I’d better make some comfort food, put on PJ pants, watch Friends reruns, and be whiny. I needed comfort food.
Even as a kid, I loved mac and cheese. I’d eat bowls and bowls of that blue box Kraft mac and cheese. Then I discovered baked mac and cheese and my world was revolutionized. It was even cheesier and gooier. One day my mom found this recipe and we made it together. Whoa. There was a cheese explosion in my mouth which was quickly accompanied by the feeling that everything would end up alright. I think that’s the point of comfort food: to feel like life will work itself out (even when the person you love most is gone).
I’ve made it for a couple of potlucks and everyone is obsessed with it. I’m not sure if it’s the cheesiness or the comfort that everyone will work out ok. It probably helps that I used low fat cottage cheese and greek yogurt making it high in protein and low in fat. My mac & cheese is pretty basic, but I think that you can add in extras to make it your personal favorite. I bet bacon would go over well as would any number of veggies. Add your favorite mac and cheese with a link to the recipe in the comments!
What’s your favorite mac&cheese add in? Bacon and broccoli are favorites in this household. Do you add anything extra to your typical mac & cheese that everyone loves?