Lemon Poblano Mac And Cheese


By: Lizventures

Course: Main Dish

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Makes 6 Servings


  • 1 box Dreamfields Elbows

  • 1 medium lemon

  • 6 slices thick-cut applewood smoked bacon diced

  • 1 medium onion diced

  • 1-2 poblano peppers seeded and chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 12 ounces lemon shandy beer

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese shredded


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Place pasta in large bowl; set aside.

  2. Juice and zest lemon; set aside 1 tablespoon lemon juice and all of zest. Reserve remaining juice for another use.

  3. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate; set aside.

  4. Add onion, poblanos, salt and pepper to skillet with hot bacon fat. Cook over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until onion just begins to brown, stirring frequently. Add flour; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add lemon juice, beer and water, stirring until flour and vegetables are fully combined and flour mixture is smooth. Bring to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth and thickened.

  5. Add cheese 1/2 cup at a time, stirring to fully incorporate each addition. Fold cheese sauce into cooked pasta. Add about 3/4 of reserved bacon; toss to combine. Sprinkle pasta with reserved lemon zest and remaining bacon.

Nutritional Information

  • 570 Calories

  • 29 g Fat

  • 54 g Carbohydrates

  • 23 g Protein

  • 0 mg Cholesterol

  • 65 mg Sodium

  • 6 g Dietary Fiber

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