Comfort Foods with Hood Sour Cream

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This winter has been BRUTAL!  Between the piercing temperatures and the ever-piling snow dumps, we’ve really taken to huddling indoors for the past few months.  I’ve been avoiding leaving the house at all costs and not blinking an eye at our slightly-larger-than-normal grocery bills.  The cost of comfort in the form of delicious foods that make the cold not so horrible is totally worth it to me!  We’ve been making the gooiest desserts, the sweetest drinks, and the creamiest entrees lately!


One of my favorite meals yet incorporates a healthy amount of delicious Hood Sour Cream.  I created this new recipe for my family last week, and it was quickly put in our box of favorite recipes.  Hood presents itself as a company that is honest, reliable, friendly, and truly the best you can offer your family.  Families have been sharing meals with Hood products for over 160 years, which shows that their products are consistently good and can be trusted as one of the highest quality companies around.


I’ll call it “Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta”.  This recipe uses:

1 small onion
2 large chix breast
2 T. minced garlic
1 box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
First step: I was going to sauté the chicken, garlic, and onions, but then I realized I was going to be late for church, so I threw all three in the crock pot for a few hours.  I’m sure either would work fine.


In a separate bowl, combine:
1 can (6.5 oz) quartered, marinated artichoke hearts
1/2 c. mayo
1 pint (16 oz.) Hood Sour Cream
(By the way, Hood Sour Cream can be found in the full fat variety, Light, and Fat Free.  The full fat version, which I used, is so rich and thick!  Delicious.)
I like using the entire ‘whatever’.  The full box of spinach, one entire can, the whole onion, etc. so in this recipe, I used an entire tub of Hood sour cream.  This eliminates partially used containers, and the more sour cream, the better.  Besides sour cream, you can find the Hood label on all sorts of dairy like milk, cottage cheese, eggnog, ice cream, etc.  Not to mention their collection of Red Sox ice cream novelties, like Red Sox Vanilla and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches and Red Sox Chocolate Dipped Sundae Cones!  Can I you tell I’m from Boston?  Go Sox!


Back to the recipe.  Combine everything with 2 cups shredded mozzarella and stir together with a large spoon.  No mixers.  You don’t want the artichokes or chicken chopped too fine.


Cook up a whole box of medium shells, and divide between two round glass dishes.  Pour the creamy good stuff over both dishes and spread to cover the pasta.


Cook at 375 for 15 minutes, then sprinkle on 2 cups of parmesan cheese and toss them back in the oven until everything looks bubbly.


Holy heaven, this was GOOD!!  And so very filling.  All that delicious sour cream really makes a difference.  Even days later, the leftovers were still creamy and just as flavorful.  We’ve really been going through the sour cream lately.  Basically half of our meals consist of crock-pot wonders like chili, soups, curry, and casseroles, all of which need a healthy dollop of sour cream.


If I’ve motivated you to get cookin’ with some Hood goodness, you can find all sorts of delicious recipes on their website.  Go to and look under “Recipes”.  You can even download coupons, so there’s no excuse to whip up something comforting with Hood for you family tonight!

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