Sometimes you just need comfort food. Like, massive amounts of it.
Sometimes, when business has been harder to do because it seems to be filled a bit more lately with harsh words from strangers, you just need to end the day with a big plate of steaming cheese filled, gooey goodness.
Which reminds me; just a friendly reminder sweet friends: Please be nice to your mom + pop store owners, Etsy sellers, bloggers, customer service people, whoever you encounter on a daily basis while you go about your day...They're indeed people and like all people, have feelings that can get hurt. Just like you. Please remember that the "little" two sentence comment you're going to leave and then go about your merry way, can so very much hit us straight in the heart and discourage us like no other. You may be done and have moved on, but it's like a bullet driving and digging more and more into our bodies. It hurts.
Just like Jesus so perfectly explained, we are all to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-40)
What this means to me is simply- treat others (everyone around you...each person you happen to come across whether physically or over the internet or phone) how you would like to be treated. Yep, that Golden Rule all our moms taught us growing up...is straight rooted in Scripture. Jesus said it first, explained it perfectly, and by golly- it still holds its weight today. Be nice to those people around you. Even if you don't know them. Even if they aren't "serving" you exactly the way you feel you should be served. Love them.
That being said, after a few days straight of what can certainly be considered as "less than nice... critiques?" from people around the interwebs, I needed to eat something greasy and cheese-filled. Because other than Jesus and cakes and pie, melty cheese makes stuff better :)
CHEESY CHICKEN PASTA PIE
For printable recipe, click here.
- 5 ounces (about a heaping 1/2 cup) uncooked brown rice pasta (or your favorite kind of pasta)- I used elbow macaroni
- 3 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
- 1 bell pepper, washed and diced
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 1 egg
- 2 cups homemade or jarred tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350°F, cover a sheet pan with tin foil, and lightly grease a 9" deep dish pie pan. Set aside.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, but remove from water at a little before "al dente". Rinse in cool water to stop the cooking and drain well. Once cooked pasta is completely drained, add to your greased pie pan. Spread out so that it's a nice even layer. Sprinkle pasta with grated parmesan.
3. Next, layer your cooked chicken and diced peppers over the pasta. Again, spread out so that it is a nice even layer.
4. In a separate bowl, mix together your egg, pasta sauce, milk, garlic powder, and salt. Pour mixture over your pie. You may need to jiggle and tap pie dish a little to allow the mixture to seep into the entire thing. Tap pie dish gently on counter a few times to ensure everything is covered in that sauce mix and clean off the edges.
5. Sprinkle top with mozzarella, place pie pan on foil lined sheet pan, and bake in oven for 40-45 minutes, or until cheese is browned and sauce is bubbly.
This can easily be made into a vegetarian pie! Simply omit the chicken and substitute more of your favorite veggies!
Let pie sit 5-10 minutes before serving, to allow everything to set up a bit. Enjoy!
Recipe inspired by TidyMom
This is a great "make ahead" meal! You can easily make and assemble everything up until the baking part, days or weeks ahead! Then just wrap tight with plastic wrap and tinfoil, and place in freezer! When ready to bake, remove from freezer and allow to sit in fridge 8 hours or overnight. Then bake uncovered, according to above directions.
I'm thinking this would be great as a gift for parents-to-be! Make a few disposable pie pans worth, freeze till solid, and gift them with baking instructions, so they can bake once baby is there!