Sunday, November 3, 2013

Roasted Poblano Mac and Cheese



Every Sunday evening I try to figure out where my weekend went and what I did with it.  Let's see.  I cleaned a little, went to dinner, went to church, did some grocery shopping, watched 11 episodes of Dexter on Netflix (you read that right, 11)--yep, that's about it!  I did hand out some candy to trick-or-treaters on Friday night.  Dolce dressed up for Halloween this year, too.  She's probably the cutest pumpkin I've ever seen.



I've been craving mac and cheese forever.  Not just any mac and cheese though.  Roasted Poblano mac and cheese.  There is something about mixing a taste of the southwest with a traditional cheesy dish that everyone loves.   Mac and cheese is one of the reasons I couldn't stick with a paleo/primal way of life.  My soul needs pasta to survive.  I'm pretty sure I was originally meant to be Italian but at the last minute God decided to make me a Kentuckian, which is just as good in my opinion.  I also love roasted chili's.  One day I will make it to the southwest for hatch chili season.  It's on my bucket list.  For now, I have Roasted Poblano Mac and Cheese.



Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 quart milk
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon mustard
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 cup chopped roasted poblano peppers (you can use canned store bought green chilis)
16 ounces grated cheddar cheese
6 ounces grated swiss cheese
1 box elbow macaroni

Cook noodles per package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large pot, melt butter over medium heat.  Sprinkle in flour.  Let cook for about 5 minutes or until the roux is thick and has started to brown.  Add milk, salt, mustard and garlic powder.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce thickens.  Add peppers and simmer for 10 more minutes. Taste the sauce to adjust the seasoning.  Remove from heat.  Stir in the cheddar cheese.  Once the cheese has melted stir in the noodles.  Transfer to a 9x13 baking dish and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the swiss cheese on top.  Place under the broiler until cheese has melted and has started to brown.  Watch it very carefully while under the broiler.  It will burn quickly!

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