Poblano Macaroni and Cheese

This flavor packed poblano macaroni and cheese recipe is packed full of roasted poblano peppers, lots of cheese and just a hint of zesty lime.

This flavor packed poblano macaroni and cheese recipe is packed full of roasted poblano peppers, lots of cheese and just a hint of zesty lime.

Macaroni and cheese were a big part of my childhood.  My mom makes the best. No lie. She totally does.  I have also always been a purist when it comes to my mac and cheese.  Just cheese and noodles. No fancy breadcrumbs or any type of additions.  I just wanted cheese and noodles.

Then I grew up and started playing around with stuff. The addition of bacon is always good, and crispy bread crumbs on top are not so bad.  Then I had this poblano macaroni and cheese. My oh, my! It rocked my mac and cheese purist mind. It contains roasted poblano chiles, lots of seasoning and just a hint of lime.  This is not my mama’s mac and cheese…that is for sure!

This flavor packed poblano macaroni and cheese recipe is packed full of roasted poblano peppers, lots of cheese and just a hint of zesty lime.

It’s beautifully creamy yet still, has a nice stringy cheesiness to it. I loved the addition of the roasted poblano chiles because it added a nice depth of flavor that most mac and cheese does not have.  It could easily make dinner on its own or a perfect side dish. I served mine alongside some delicious fried pork chops.  I also used my grandmother’s cast iron skillet as the cooking vessel. It was a perfect choice.  And (in case you are worried) it’s not that hard to clean out the pan afterward Smile

This flavor packed poblano macaroni and cheese recipe is packed full of roasted poblano peppers, lots of cheese and just a hint of zesty lime.

Also, I couldn’t find cotija cheese at my local store BUT I have made this several times and have been able to use the cotija in the recipe. Totally worth it! If you can get your hands on some it’s HIGHLY recommended!

{Looking for my delicious mac and cheese recipes? Try my Beer Bratwurst Macaroni and CheeseFive Cheese Mac and CheeseGorgonzola Bacon Mac and Cheese or my Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese.}

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Poblano Macaroni and Cheese

This flavor packed poblano macaroni and cheese recipe is packed full of roasted poblano peppers, lots of cheese and just a hint of zesty lime.

Yield: 12 inch skillet

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Poblano chiles
  • 8 oz. elbow pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups grated white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese (I could not find)

Source: The Homesick Texan Cookbook

Directions:

Roast the poblano chilies under the broiler until blackened, about 5 minutes per side. Place the chiles in a paper sack or plastic food-storage bag, close it tightly, and let the for 20 minutes. Take the chiles out of the bag and rub off the skin. Take the chiles out of the bag and rub off the skin. Remove the stem and seeds and chop the chiles into 1-inch long pieces.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook according to your package's directions ad then drain the pasta. (You want the pasta to be cooked but not mushy; cook for 5 minutes.)

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a large baking dish or a large 12 inch cast-iron skillet, and pour the drained pasta into the dish.

In a pot (you can use the pot the pasta cooked in or you can do this while the pasta boils), on low heat melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the flour and cook until a light brown, toasty paste is formed, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and stir until it's thickened a bit but still fluid, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the mustard powder, cayenne, cumin, lime zest, cilantro, and chopped poblano chiles. Adjust seasonings and add salt and black pepper.

Slowly add half of the cheddar cheese and stir until it's melted and well combined into the sauce. (If the sauce has cooled too much and the cheese won't melt, return the pot to low heat on the stove seems a little thick return it to the stove until soft again. If however, the sauce gets too thick, like a custard, you can thin it by stirring in milk, a teaspoon at a time.) Pour sauce over pasta and top with the remaining half of the cheddar cheese and bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until brown and bubbling. Sprinkle with Cotija cheese, and serve immediately.

17 Responses to “Baked Turkey Bacon Onion Sandwiches”

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes — October 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    The absolute definition of comfort food, Brandy – these look amazing!

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    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — October 25, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    These bad boys just might get me to watch football!

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    The Food Hunter — October 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    These have been on my mind since I saw them at 7 am

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — October 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Yeah hot food out of the oven doesn’t happen in my house much either! I don’t know that I would be able to resist these.

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    Jennifer Farley — October 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    What’s not to love about all of these flavors together? Especially that touch of maple and brown sugar. I bet it enhances all of the other flavors beautifully!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — October 25, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    What? YESSSS, times 1 million.

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    Michelle — October 25, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    This are absolutely perfect for game day…or lunch or dinner! Definitely making these soon!

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — October 26, 2016 at 12:59 am

    OH MY GOSH these look SO GOOD. I want to eat that entire pan. Why don’t I make more baked sandwiches?? Also I hear you on the lifetime movies 🙂

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — October 26, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Those look perfect for a party!

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    Alyssa | EverydayMaven — October 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    These look amazing and are so perfect for a party or for the game!

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — October 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    These look INCREDIBLE. Like, incredible incredible. I have to make a tray pronto!

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    Karyn Granrud — October 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    OMG! Your poor husband. I think all the husbands should unite and revolt against such yummy looking food that they can’t eat. 🙂 Haha!! These look amazing and they are perfect for serving a crowd!

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    cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling — October 27, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I love baked sandwiches and NEED that maple mayo in my life!!! Yum!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I don’t watch lifetime or sports but that won’t keep me from these sandwiches! haha <3

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    Maryanne | the little epicurean — October 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    These look awesome! My fiance knows the deal with food fresh from the oven…he has to wait until I’m done photographing 🙂

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    Miranda — November 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    This sandwich has a great mix of flavors! I need to try this out!

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    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish — November 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    These baked sammies scream decadence and deliciousness and game day celebration perfectly. YUMMMMMMMMMM!

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