Our lives have changed in the past month. We are sheltering in place in our homes due to the arrival of the coronavirus, so all work, school, cooking, and eating is now done at home. I no longer dash to get a poke bowl or go for lunch with a coworker, I don’t even really leave the house.
This comforting bowl of chickpeas and pasta, cooked in its own sauce, has become a weekly go-to lunch we can make quickly at home and eat while we work and help Leo do his schoolwork. Made entirely from pantry staples, it’s garlicky and satisfying, and is a small dose of reassurance in uncertain times.
Have you ever promised a pre-schooler macaroni and cheese for lunch without realizing that you’re out of the boxed stuff? Your whole day may seem completely shot, until some fast Googling and a serendipitous stash of just the right groceries allow you to make the homemade version.
It’s actually pretty easy and is much, much better than the boxed stuff.
Caramelize onions and roasted peppers, add a bit of butter and broth, and then swirl in cooked linguine and top with crumbled feta cheese. Doni serves this with pesto-crusted chicken breasts.