The definition of comfort food... Tuscan Tortellini Salad. Wonderful side dish that can be serves warm or cold. Made in a Tuscan style with beans, kale, tomatoes, carrots, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and herbs.:
Orecchiette with Carrot-Hazelnut Pesto: This is no everyday pesto, but an earthy, delicately sweet, coarsely textured raw-carrot-and-toasted-hazelnut blend. Its sunny orange lights up the table. Gently rounded orecchiette (Italian for “little ears”) is a traditional pasta of Puglia, seemingly tailor-made for cradling pesto and other sauces.
Orecchiette with Kale and Pancetta - This dish is made from a few pantry staples: pasta, good olive oil, garlic, a pinch of red pepper and a sprinkle of hard cheese, plus a bit of pork in the form of pancetta or bacon. http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chefs_recipes/18163/Orecchiette_with_Kale_and_Pancetta.htm