Lemon Poblano Mac and Cheese

by Kristina Sloggett

in Cooking Light, Dinner, Gluten Free, recipes, Vegan

Lemon Poblano Mac and Cheese

Lemon Poblano Mac and Cheese – a bright and tangy flavor twist on a classic mac and cheese, served up in a perfectly spicy poblano pepper, side of lemon.


Crazy roller coaster week, right? From Boston and Texas and MIT to a couple more ambulance rides to the Emergency Room for Dad*, life has me wanting comfort – a relaxing afternoon with two dachshunds, a night out with Jason, a day off from everything, and comfort food.

*Dad is okay.

I say roller coaster because this week has not been all bad – there have been ups with the downs. From the devastating tragedy we have been shown incredible strength and that unbreakable spirit of community – people helping and giving without question, simply as a reaction because it is their nature.


I have had many smiles – very lucky to have the friends and family that I do, and I have been given constant and unwavering support. Lucky girl.

I have had some great conversations! Invigorating conversations with difference of opinion, all respected even when countered. I love good conversation.


Lemon Poblano Mac and Cheese

Back to the comfort food.

I love lemon. Lemon in dessert, lemon in savory entrees – it’s all good. I already had the plan to make this poblano mac and cheese, and at the last literal minute I decided to include lemon.

This is a new thing I will be doing more often.

That tart lemon flavor I love blends surprisingly well with mildly spicy grilled poblano and creamy cheesy sauce. Adds some light brightness to a dish that is traditionally rich.

Lemon Poblano Mac and Cheese

lemon poblano mac and cheese

inspired by poblano mac and cheese

dairy, soy, and gluten free, vegan

4 ounces (1/2 of an 8 ounce package) gluten free elbow pasta
1-2 poblano peppers, seeded
1 tablespoon butter (dairy, soy free)
1 tablespoon flour (gluten free all purpose)
1/2 cup milk coconut milk (So Delicious carton)
5 ounces cheddar (dairy, soy free), cubed
juice and zest of 1 lemon

Grill or roast poblano peppers. When cooled, chop into small bite size pieces.

Cook pasta according to directions.

Meanwhile, in saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour to a smooth roux, reduce heat to low. Add milk, whisking constantly to a white sauce. Add cubes of cheese, stir as cheese melts into a sauce. Add lemon juice and zest, roasted pepper and cooked pasta, combine completely.

Serve with lemon wedges.

Lemon Poblano Mac and Cheese

Favorite comfort food?

Spell-check wanted to change poblano to Point Blank. Keanu on a surfboard, anyone? Gary Busey, maybe?



{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby April 19, 2013 at 4:34 am

It has been a roller coaster week for sure, and I wish life would quit offering all these situations with so much “perspective” from twisted reality. However, like you said, the good always, always shines through.

Favorite comfort food? Hmm…oddly, I might say oatmeal with almond milk, nut butter and banana. It just makes me all warm and fuzzy. Also, anything with pasta or dairy-free cheese…pizza anyone?


2 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen April 19, 2013 at 5:07 am

A touch of lemon is good on so many dishes, especially pasta. This is an amazing recipe Kristina! And I´m glad to hear your dad is ok.


3 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 19, 2013 at 6:19 am

Um, love this idea. Love stuffing poblano peppers as it is and Jason loves mac n’ cheese. Talk about comfort food to the max. I’m glad you’ve had some ups at least and I am so glad your dad is ok. Thinking about you guys often. Hugs


4 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

You are so right about the rollercoaster. This week has been just unbelievable. Perfect timimg for a little mac ‘n cheese comfort food!!

Glad your dad is ok. xo


5 Jess April 19, 2013 at 7:07 am

Three thoughts:

1 — SO SO glad your dad is ok, big sigh. big hugs.

2 – I am legit thisclose to hopping a flight so you can make this and ALL the other ridiculous recipes you share here with me. I’ll move in, you can cook for me all day, I’ll letcha 😉

3 – the beauty of the support and unbreakable spirit of our community here in Boston and the running community at large is nothing short of stunning, isn’t it?


6 Helene D'souza April 19, 2013 at 7:20 am

Oh so your dad is ok. for sure a crazy time and a freaky world…

I am all lemony too these days, we need some fresh dishes and yours is perfect for the season. What I like the most in your recipe is the inclusion of coconut milk. Must be heaven on earth all together.


7 Hannah April 19, 2013 at 8:44 am

I agree with your thoughts on this week, but I mostly want to tell you that stuffing a pepper with mac and cheese is AH-mazing. And it’s blowing my mind.


8 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) April 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

Glad to hear your dad is OK!

I never would think to add lemon to mac n cheese. More reasons that you are awesome. :)


9 Roz@weightingfor50 April 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hi Kris, SOOOOOO happy to see the words “Dad is ok”!!!!!!


10 Jeanette April 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hope you have a chance to relax a little bit. Glad to hear your dad is doing ok – love this comfort meal you made.


11 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I’m glad to hear your dad is ok, and I see you are taking care of yourself in style with this wonderful comfort food. This Mac and cheese looks so amazing stuffed inside the poblano pepper and drizzled with lemon. This is a must try for sure. Your creativity astounds me.


12 Kate | Food Babbles April 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm

It sounds like a pretty good week and I’m glad that your father is alright :) This recipe is simply lovely and so very very creative! I love mac and cheese and I can’t say I’ve ever seen one quite like this. I must try it!


13 Heather @ Better With Veggies April 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Rollercoaster weeks are stressful, but I’m glad it at least included good food. My favorite comfort food is nachos (at least at the moment that’s what comes to mind). Piled high with lots of toppings!


14 Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts April 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm

That looks amazing! True … not everything this week has been bad for sure. I just wish bad things didn’t have to happen for us to come together and/or have serious discussions. So glad your dad is okay!



15 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I have a poblano mac & cheese on my blog too, but no lemon–I will need to try that! I could eat lemon in just about everything too.

I’m glad your dad is okay. I hope this week is all highs for you, no lows!


16 jobo April 23, 2013 at 8:12 am

First, SO glad your dad is okay, and I am sorry for the roller coaster week :-/ that, combined with the bombings and everything else last week, must have been intense. ((hug))

Lemon? MY FAVORITE! lemon and mac and cheese? DROOL!!!


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