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Hot Meals for Cold Months

-Marissa Tomko

There are lots of reasons for not cooking every night in college. Perhaps you’re one of those overachievers who just doesn’t have any time to eat anything but canned soup. Or maybe you are lucky enough to have roommates who like to cook and always give you their leftovers. And of course, there’s always the off chance that you’re like me, and the chef gene missed you entirely. Whatever your case may be, there is a solution to your kitchen woes. With it getting colder out there, it is so nice to have hearty meals to warm you from the inside out. I present you with my three favorite meals to do just that. All three have been adapted from Allrecipes.com. The best part about them is that you can freeze them once you’ve prepared them and bake them just about any time that you wish!

Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

12 oz package of macaroni
1 egg
2 cup smilk
2 tablespoon melted butter
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper as needed

Prep:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease 2 quart baking pan.

Directions:

1. Cook macaroni for half the time stated on the box.

2. Whisk egg and milk, then stir in butter and cheese until thoroughly mixed.

3. Evenly distribute noodles in baking pan.

4. Pour egg/milk/cheese mixture over macaroni. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir well.

5. After pressing the covered noodles evenly into the pan, cover and freeze, or bake uncovered for about 35 minutes.

 

Enchiladas

Ingredients:

1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups sour cream
4 cups shredded chicken
1 onion
1 can green chilies
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 package corn tortillas

Prep:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Directions:

1. Chop and caramelize the onion

2. Mix together cream of chicken soup, sour cream, chilies, 1 cup cheese, and onion in large mixing bowl.

3. Place 1 tortilla on flat surface and spoon the mixture into the middle.

4. Add chicken, and roll up.

5. Place into 13×9 baking pan, and repeat with remaining tortillas.

6. Pour leftover mixture evenly over enchiladas, and sprinkle the left over cheese on top.

7. Cover and freeze, or bake uncovered for 25 minutes.

 

Lasagna

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup crated parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 16 oz package lasagna noodles
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Prep:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Directions:

1. Cook ground beef until brown.

2. Add in onions, stirring until sautéed.

3. Stir in pasta sauce.

4. In mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and eggs.

5. Spread thin layer of meat mixture on the bottom of 13X9 pan. Layer uncooked lasagna noodles, cheese mixture, and mozzarella. Repeat until ingredients are used.

6. Cover with aluminum foil. Freeze, or bake for 45 minutes. Let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.

A Taste of Home: Lasagna

-Whitney Barton

Lasagna is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.  That said, it can be a letdown if not prepared with enough flavor, herbs, and spices. After experimenting with several recipes, my favorite is this one because it provides a good base of ingredients to build off of. The recipe calls for turkey sausage, but I use two kinds of my favorite pork sausage instead.  Don’t be intimidated by the length (and price) of the ingredient list; you will have left overs for days. I pair this classic cheesy dish with a light green salad tossed with homemade Dijon vinaigrette. The pairing of rich and fresh creates a great flavor profile for a special occasion, or just to help get you through week seven.

{Please note, the ingredients and portions below are slightly altered from the original recipe, but the steps are the same}

What you’ll need:

  • ½ lb. lasagna noodles
  • ½ lb. spicy Italian sausage
  • ½ lb. mild Italian sausage
  • ½ lb. sweet Italian sausage
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes in tomato purée
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 large chopped yellow onion
  • 3-4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 20 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 5-6 oz. creamy goat cheese
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 lbs. shredded mozzarella
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large (10 to 12-inch) skillet. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

Add the sausage and cook over medium-low heat, breaking it up with a fork, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink.

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.

Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with the hottest tap water. Add the noodles and allow them to sit in the water for 20 minutes. Drain.

In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, goat cheese, 1 cup of Parmesan, the egg, the remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

Ladle 1/3 of the sauce into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch rectangular baking dish, spreading the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Then add the layers as follows: half the pasta, half the mozzarella, half the ricotta, and one 1/3 of the sauce.

Add the rest of the pasta, mozzarella, ricotta, and finally, sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling.

Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3-4 tablespoons champagne vinegar (white wine, or basically any other vinegar will work too)
  • ¼ tsp. dried basil (I do more like ½ a teaspoon, I love basil.)
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • Salad greens I like baby romaine or arugula

Whisk together mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly add olive oil while whisking, until emulsified (or completely combined). Since vinegar and oil don’t naturally bind, adding the olive oil slowly will help ensure the dressing won’t separate before it’s poured it over the greens. Toss vinaigrette with greens, unless making a lot of salad you will not need the whole batch of dressing.

Pho Soup: A Refreshing Twist on Comfort Food

– Laura Lundberg

It’s no question that the winter months here in Oregon can be wet, cold, and especially dreary. This time of year brings about that ‘all I want to do is stay in my warm bed and not even think about going to classes’ lackadaisical attitude. Food is something that seems to become especially important during these months as we begin to eagerly seek out places that serve those coveted homemade vibe dishes. While these warm comfort foods can vary from soup, to hot tea, even to Mac and Cheese, one type of food that I will gladly drive twenty minutes in order to get is a Vietnamese dish called pho.

Named simply Vietnam Restaurant, this hidden gem is one of the best places to get a bowl of pho that I have found and is located right here in Eugene. Pho, pronounced ‘phu’, is a type of noodle soup that is usually served with beef or chicken and comes accompanied with a plate of basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers that you can add to the soup to your liking.

This dish originated in the Nam Dinh province of northern Vietnam about a century ago. There the cooks sought to please both the locals with the Vietnamese noodles, as well as the French colonizers by adding beef or chicken to the soup. The broth was usually prepared very early in the morning by simmering beef or chicken bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onion, and spices together for hours. Though a ton of preparation went into the broth, the final amount was enough to serve customers throughout the day until the restaurant closed for the evening.

With each sip, pho soup can warm the cockles of your soul and fill you up with delicious meat and noodles. But the broth is what makes these two different ingredients come together to beat the chill of the winter evening. So if you’re looking for something warm to eat on a cold winter’s evening, instead of trying the usual comfort food subjects, I suggest making the trek out to the Vietnam Restaurant…it’ll be worth it!