Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Ultimate Comfort Food

At the end of last week, I had been one of the lucky jurors to be put on a felony trial that lasted into late Monday night. Once it was all over with, and I was escorted to my car by a kind officer (it was a pretty serious case), all I could concentrate on was my growling stomach and getting into my pajamas. I had not eaten much all day besides the sandwich the officers order us for lunch, and the granola bar I had during the almost 3 hours of deliberations. So, clearly I wanted something fast and comforting. I then thought of the Mac & Cheese I had made the previous night for Hubby and I.  Not only was this ready in 20 minutes the night before, it also made enough for the next day. All I had to do was heat and enjoy. 


Ingredients
1 package Polska Kielbasa Sausage, sliced into 1/4" to 1/2" pieces
1 tablespoon butter
4 cups water
3 cups uncooked elbow noodles
1 can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
parsley for garnish

Directions
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Transfer in sliced sausage and heat until lightly brown on both sides. Roughly 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and reserve for later.

In the same skillet, bring water to a boil.  Add pasta, reduce heat, and stir occasionally until pasta is al dente. Do not drain the water that is left in the skillet.

In the meantime, in a small bowl whisk together cornstarch, evaporated milk, hot pepper sauce and black pepper.

Gradually add to pasta and stir until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheeses and sausage. Stir until all the cheese has melted. 

Serve and garnish with parsley if desired. 

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