So back in February, when my friend Jan’s new cookbook came out, I was so diligent in making sure I made one of the recipes in a timely manner to post on the day of her official launch. I made a pot of beefaroni on a Sunday night when everyone was over for dinner – I’m making an effort to do more big family Sunday suppers these days – and it was a total hit. I mean, perfect for everyone, from the new generation of littles to my Dad, who took some home for lunch the next day. I’ve made it twice since – it’s a good meal to send someone who needs it, or to have in the fridge to dip into for quick dinners and Thermos lunches, and it freezes well. And I just realized I never managed to post it here.
Look at it! Like a cheesy, tomato-ey moon surface. Pure comfort food, right here.
I’ve made this with dried pasta and fresh – you cook it right in the pot, with the sauce – and often don’t have fresh basil on hand, but it’s just fine without. I’ve chopped the veggies by hand and in the food processor, and used ground bison – my favourite – which is superb. Like the other recipes in her book, it’s the sort of meal that’s familiar yet somehow new and very usable, that falls easily into regular dinner rotation.