Winter comfort food

I so wish I didn’t have to cook winter comfort food. Till about a week ago there was still hope, that Belgian winter will turn into spring, and the freezing temperatures forgotten. But it seems that Siberia is facing –80°C at the moment, and slowly the cold is making its way to Belgium.

Today was the first day I saw frozen water on the pavement.

So winter it is! And winter comes with comfort food. After a first challenge to ‘revisit’ old cooking books, the Weekend Cookbook Challenge no. 2 is all about winter comfort food. Needless to say how easy it is combining cooking at home with this second challenge! You just have to take a look outside and realize that all you need is (love-) comfort.

Comfort food to me is basically anything to do with stews. Easy to make, loads of ingredients and flavours, no fuss one-pot cooking – and everyone loves it. Looking through my cooking books, I came across ‘The 1200 calorie-a-day menu cookbook’ – not that I eat anywhere close to 1200 calories a day at the moment. I’d instantly freeze or blow away if that would be the case.

A recipe on a hearty sausage and pasta stew drew my attention though. My winter comfort food recipe for today:

200gr cooked pasta
4 sausages (I used chicken sausages)
1 chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tomato, chopped
50gr mushrooms, chopped
one glass water
half a glass red wine
salt & pepper, chopped fresh parsley, black olives

As it is a stew, you can of course keep adding all the vegetables you like (zucchini, bell peppers, aubergines).
Lightly brown the sausages in a little oil, set aside.
Add onion and garlic to the saucepan and cook for 4min. Add vegetables, wine, water and season well. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10min. Stir in parsley, pasta and sausages and cook, covered, for 10min.

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