The other night, in need of some comfort (both physically and emotionally), I made myself one of my all-time favorite comfort food dishes -- carbonara. I know, I know -- I'm sure we could dive into why I seek comfort in food, but let's not go there right now.
What is it that I love so much about this dish? It's creamy, hearty, salty, and can generally be made with ingredients I have around the house. I do add one unorthodox ingredient (no, not cream): sauteed onions. I cook a few slices of bacon and then saute the onions in a bit of the rendered bacon fat. Onions and the bit of fat get mixed into the hot pasta along with egg and parmesan or pecorino cheese and just enough pasta water to make it all the right consistency.
Coincidentally, this comforting dish has also fueled most of my triathlons -- it's my go-to dish the night before a race.