I have to agree with reviewer, 'wonderwab,' "kinda bland". The only change that I made was using whole wheat pasta. Had to add a little sea salt to bring out more flavor.
Poblano Mac and Cheese
steponme Posted: 03/26/13
sukeedog Posted: 04/06/13
Very underwhelming, given the roasted poblanos and the queso quesadilla cheese (I even got the kind studded with jalapenos!). We just found it to be way too bland for us. I tried adding green chile chicken sausage to the leftovers - still meh.
BThompson2013 Posted: 03/21/13
My family loved it.
Carolrod Posted: 04/16/13
My family really liked this. I used whole wheat penne, added extra garlic and red pepper based on some of the reviews that said it was bland. I also added southwest seasoned chicken and for the adults, diced jalapeno peppers at serving. It tasted kind of like a southwest version of chicken alfredo. With these modifications, it was delicious! Rating is generous considering modifications, but it was really good. I will make this again since queso cheese is a nice twist on the standard, but only on weekends when more time is available (it took about 45 minutes) plus clean up.
StephanieLark Posted: 04/16/13
Great recipe. I must have picked some spicy poblanos because this wasn't a bland recipe at all. Used seashell pasta, as that was what I had on hand & added some vegetarian chipotle sausage to up the protein count. Hubby loved how rich & creamy it was! Great for lunches.
wendya01 Posted: 03/31/13
I loved this recipe and will definitely make it again! I am going to add chicken or sausage next time.
jlparke Posted: 03/15/13
This was a hit in our family. Made recipe as it was except used just one chili which was enough. We will leave some seeds in next time.
wonderwab Posted: 03/23/13
Meh. This was okay, but overall kinda bland. Will not make again
jmeleeS Posted: 04/15/13
Just tried this recipe out last night - in the end I liked the recipe, but I had to make significant tweaks to make it taste like much of anything (and I had two gorgeous poblanos from the store!), so as written it gets a 1-star due to misrepresentation of total time to make and for taste (or lack thereof). If you insist on making this one to try it, make sure you allocate 40-50 minutes total to the dish because every stove / oven is different and both the broil time on the poblano as well as the "thickening" time for the sauce far exceeded (by 5 minutes at least on each step) the recipe stated times. Also, be sure to taste as you go - you will find it needs lots more seasoning; I grated extra garlic into the sauce, added cumin, corriander, smoked paprika, salt, and lots of red pepper to get any taste into this one. I would be surprised to hear that C.L. actually tested the mac out for flavor because it lacks any. Skip this one - a lot of effort to make and to clean-up.
CarrieLMB Posted: 05/07/13
Turned out ok. Definitely creamier than I expected which was nice, but looking for a little more kick. Might try hotter peppers next time.
jwinkelman Posted: 11/12/13
My hubby is a macaroni & cheese addict and loved this recipe. We doubled the recipe, but didn't have enough poblano chiles so we added 2 chipotles (in sauce) to make up for it. It added a little heat without being too spicy. Also didn't quite have enough queso cheese so added a little sharp cheddar to make up for the difference. We didn't find it bland at all, but maybe the addition of the chipotles and some sharp cheddar added some additional flavor. We also decided to bake it at 350 for 30 minutes rather than broiling it, so it could have giving it time for the flavors to meld together. Keeper for us.
drmeghan Posted: 06/21/14
Eh.....it was just ok. And that was AFTER adding a bunch of heat and seasonings to jazz it up. Was pretty bland made as is. Probably won't make again.
mlr8575 Posted: 07/02/13
I was really pumped about this recipe but found it to be very bland. The queso and roasted poblanos had so little favor that it was very underwhelming. I felt like it needed far more salt than the recipe called for just to get any flavor out of it. It was o.k. but there are far better mac & cheese recipes on this website.