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Poblano Mac and Cheese

Serve with Grapefruit, Walnut, and Feta Salad.

Cooking Light APRIL 2013

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Hands-on: 30 Minutes
  • Total: 30 Minutes


  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 poblano chiles (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk, divided
  • 1 cup unsalted vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 5 ounces queso quesadilla cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Grapefruit, Walnut, and Feta Salad


1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

3. While pasta cooks, cut chiles in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place chile halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 6 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 5 minutes. Peel and cut into bite-sized pieces.

4. Combine breadcrumbs, oil, rind, and red pepper in a bowl. Place 3/4 cup milk, stock, flour, and garlic in a saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in chiles, 1/4 cup milk, cheese, and next 4 ingredients until smooth. Stir in pasta. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square broiler-safe glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with breadcrumb mixture. Broil 1 minute or until browned.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 424
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Saturated fat: 4.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 21.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 59.6g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Cholesterol: 23mg
  • Iron: 2.3mg
  • Sodium: 576mg
  • Calcium: 375mg

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Poblano Mac and Cheese Recipe