I don’t know about you, but whenever I am having a rough day, am feeling slightly under the weather, or have a craving for something but I am unsure what, I usually go for comfort food. For some, that may mean a meal that they ate growing up, something that reminds them of better times, or even fast food or chocolate.
I remember my MawMaw making soup at least once I week. Now that I am an adult and do most of the cooking in my household, I understand this ‘making soup’ concept. It is a great way to use up what you have in the fridge, and it seriously goes a long way, so you can get multiple meals for one concentrated effort.
The idea of comfort food is whatever food that brings you a sense of peace, nostalgia, and fills your souls and your belly with warmth and satisfaction.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 says, ” All praises belong to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For He is the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort. he always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us.” (The Passion Translation)
I love these verses, as they explain the idea of comfort from God, ultimately, then how we can comfort others who are experiencing ‘any painful trial.’
Oh, and what painful trials we ALL are experiencing right now!
After many months of the Covid-19 pandemic wrecking our great nation, it doesn’t seem to be letting up. In fact, it is only getting worse! Not only is the virus continuing to spread and infect more areas of the country, causing the hospitals to be overcrowded, death rates to soar, essential workers to be continually exposed and overworked, the economy is weakened, unemployment rates are skyrocketing, and there is huge controversy in asking (and in some places mandating) people to wear masks.
If there was ever a time for the incredible comfort from God and COMFORT FOOD, it is now.
No matter where you stand on all of the above, you cannot deny the loss everyone has suffered this year. I wrote a blog about my own grief and loss in the deaths of my immediate family members. Since writing that blog, my husband and I have known even more people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19, died from the virus and for other reasons.
I pray daily for our world and for God to bring comfort to all.
It is overwhelming and can feel like you can’t do anything but pray. Perhaps that is true. God hears our prayers and prayer is powerful, so try it. Have a conversation with God and trust that He hears you and is working in His Time.
And in the meantime, make some comfort food – and share it with someone who needs a little pick-me-up.
Below is my recipe for one of my favorite comfort foods: Pasta Fagioli AKA Pasta with beans. I hope you will make it and enjoy a few moments of comfort in whatever you are going through.
“Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surrounds your life with His super-abundance until you radiate with hope!” Romans 15: 13 (TPT)
Pasta Fagioli Recipe
Ingredients and Instructions
- 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1-2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 bay leaf
- olive oil (for sautéing, about 2 tbsp)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced (or less, if desired)
- additional seasoning (Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes – whatever you like to bring some more flavor)
- 6 cups of vegetable broth (about 1 carton and a half)
- 2 cans white cannelloni beans
- 1 cup small pasta (elbow macaroni, ditelli, penne – whatever you can find)
- Freshly grated parmesan (for topping each bowl, as desired)
- Heat a stock pot on medium heat. Add the olive oil and fresh herbs. Sauté for 2 minute for so, then add the onions and garlic, another 3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic!
- Add the beans and vegetable broth, as well as any additional seasoning you’d like. Cover and bring to a boil, then decrease heat to medium and simmer about 10 minutes.
- Remove the herb stems and about 1 cup of the mixture. Puree in a blender then return to the pot.
- Add the pasta and bring the stew back up to a boil.
- Cook with the lid on about 8 minutes, until the pasta is tender but not mushy. If the stew is super thick, you could add more vegetable stock, if desired.
- Adjust seasoning as desired with fresh pepper or red pepper flakes.
- Serve hot by the bowlfuls, with or without parmesan.
Be comforted and enjoy your home cooked meal.