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