Not too long ago I posted on Instagram (@thealiconklin, follow ya girl!) that I'm getting back into the blog thing. It was an announcement to everyone just as much as it was me holding myself accountable to actually do it. With that, I asked the IG world what recipes they would like to see. Oddly, multiple people requested mac & cheese - hence this post!
I debated going healthier with it (and trust me, I've created a recipe for that, too) but ultimately said "screw it, the people want mac & cheese dammit!" So this is my super creamy, super indulgent, super cheesy version full of all the good stuff you crave (minus the gluten...but you can use glutenous ingredients just the same).
I don't think there is any comfort food more comforting than pasta. It's so versatile - the amount of different pasta dishes that exist are countless. Each one is just as comforting as the last!
The last few weeks have been pretty hard on me, so pasta for dinner just had to happen. And, especially when I'm feeling stressed, it feels so easy and care-free to know that pasta goes with anything. I literally just checked out what was in my fridge/pantry and threw it together. This ended up being a fantastic combo, so I hope you give it a shot!
Asparagus, zucchini and spinach are some of my absolute favorite vegetables. Given the opportunity I would eat them with every meal! Luckily, they pair very well together. One of the easiest ways to eat them all at once is to throw them into a pasta. Make it a little spicy, a little acidic, and a little salty and you've got the perfect spring greens pasta.
Bad days happen. You never know when they'll strike. They just do. For me, today was one of those days. Nothing in particular went wrong but I was just a straight up grouch. And what helps me feel better after a long day like today? CARBS. FAT. ACIDITY. This pasta and a glass of crisp white wine is my cure, and I hope it can be yours, too!
Have you all seen the movie Chef? I have a few times now and have not gotten tired of how many food-porn worthy scenes there are. My mouth waters practically the entire time! Anyway, you know the scene where Jon Favreau is cooking pasta for Scarlett Johansson at his apartment? I think that is where I drool the most. It's such a simple looking dish with his heart and soul going into it and Scarlett's reaction upon eating it looks soooo satisfying.
This pasta dish was inspired fully by that scene. Haven't seen the movie yet? I recommend you make this with a friend or two and watch while eating (it's on Netflix currently!). And don't blame me when everyone wants seconds when they see that scene!
Ali is a Brooklyn based blogger and student Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, providing you with healthy recipes to inspire you to cook more at home! She is a firm believer in knowing that eating healthy can be made easy and inexpensive if you simply know how to cook. Whether you are looking for easy weeknight recipes, delicious snacks, or want to try something new, Ali's recipes are easy to follow at all skill levels! For more info about Ali and her offerings, check out the About page.