Despite my having cultivated a large range of culinary skills, when it comes to our daily meals, I tend to make the kind of food my mom cooked for us when we were growing up. We eat a lot of roast chicken and vegetable-and-herb soups with a homemade bone broth. My mother's meals were typically made from scratch, but sometimes, we had boxed macaroni and cheese mixed with frozen peas. To this day, it's not the homemade soups I want when I'm under the weather or otherwise feeling anxious. Nope, I crave boxed pasta.
Fortunately, a stove-top creamy pasta is easy to make and calls for items I usually have on hand: butter, milk and dried pasta. A little melting cheese — such as cheddar, Swiss or Gouda — adds saltiness and extra creaminess, while the peas add color and a frequent pop of sweetness. Bonus: This pasta dish comes together in just one pot. I may love cooking and eating, but cleaning up? Well, let's just say it doesn't fall too high on my priorities list.
The ultimate comfort food — pasta — with a cheesy béchamel and sweet peas. Make it on sick days, rainy days or every day!
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