When you think comfort food, do you think pasta carbonara and other noodle and bacon dishes? There are few pairings that work as harmoniously as bacon and pasta. Not only are the flavors complementary, but cooking bacon results in a gloriously flavorful rendered fat that can -- and should! -- be used to cook additional ingredients. It ties the entire dish together with a smoky richness that’s just irresistible.
A perfect make-ahead lunch, these noodles -- made with a sweet-and-spicy sauce of peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, and crushed red-pepper flakes -- can be prepared and refrigerated for up to week. It takes just minutes to cook udon noodles and coarsely chop baby bok choy to toss with the sauce.
This vegetarian stew shows off some of the season's freshest vegetables, including
asparagus, carrots, and artichokes -- all afloat in a light vegetable broth.
Sweet-potato dumplings make hefty fixings to dig into.