Linguine with a Creamy Poblano Pepper Sauce

Winter is coming and here at home we seem to be preparing for it! Or to be honest with you, it seems that I have been preparing for it, as I seem to be the only one craving hearty dishes or better said, err! high calorie dishes, like the one I cooked today, which is just soooooo yummy! Honest, all those calories in this recipe are worth it.Here at home everybody loves it, my son Emilio in particular is very kin of it and believe me, if he loves it even if it is green, it means it is really good.I know it is not completely Mexican, but we Mexicans love pasta and I do utterly loooove pasta to bits, I love Italian food and I love Italy and my children and my husband as well, this is a very good way to have the best of both cuisines, Pasta + Poblano Peppers = love on a plate!

For my sauce I used just only the skin of half of a poblano pepper as I didn’t have much left in my freezer, but if you can get hold of some fresh poblanos, use two medium size or in the other hand, you can’t find any poblanos, you can use green peppers, just don’t forget to charr them in order to get maximum flavour.

Serves 4

Easy

40 min approx

Ingredients

  • 2 medium poblano pepper, peeled, charred, deseeded
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) (optional)
  • Linguine or any pasta of your choice for 4 people
  • 1/2 shallot chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup double cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 180 gr peeled prawns (optional)

Method

  1. Have all the ingredients ready: pepper charred, shallot, garlic & coriander chopped.
  2. Put the pasta to boil with salt and while that is cooking, prepare the sauce.
  3. Blend very well the peppers and coriander with the milk. You can do this with a hand blender or a normal blender. Set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan at medium heat and then add the shallot, fry for 3 min then add the mince garlic and fry for 2 min.
  5. Check your pasta, if it is cooked, al dente. Drain it and set aside.
  6. Add the prawn and fry quickly for 2 min, then add the poblano sauce, salt, pepper and once starts boiling add the double cream.
  7. Cook the sauce for 2 min until starts boiling and by now, your pasta should be ready and just add it and mix very well. Enjoy!

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Crema de Rajas (Poblano Rajas Cream Soup)

There are days that all I fancy doing is nothing and today is one of those days, but at the end I ended up working a lot, where do time goes??? As I am writing this recipe is almost time to pick up my little ones from school and I still haven’t finish my work, uff! I could do with a bit more time for myself to do all the things I need to do.

Anyway, because my morning literally went so quickly, I was thinking of what to have for lunch (I was starving hungry!!!) but I didn’t want to spent too much time in the kitchen, so I thought about cooking this super mega delicious cream soup using some of my poblano rajas I made yesterday and what a great idea! I had lunch really quick! Honestly! It was super mega fast!

I love these soups, my dad used to make a carrot cream soup to die for and ai guessed that it is because of him that I started to love them and now it is one of my comfort food dishes of all times! I use almost any vegetable and listo! I have a soup in no time!

Here is the lovely recipe! Enjoy and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Serves 2

Prep 5 min (using pre-prepared rajas)

Cook 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Poblano Rajas
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour (white flour)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup of sweetcorn

To serve

  • Grated Cotija cheese or any hard cheese

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion.
  2. Fry for 3 min and add the rajas and coriander.
  3. After frying the rajas for 3 min, add the flour, butter. Mix well for 2 min so the flour cooks and add the milk. Mix and put everything in a blender.
  4. Blend until getting a smooth consistency and pour it back into the saucepan. Add salt and pepper and mix until the soup thickens.
  5. Once the soup has thickened add the sweetcorn (leave some behind for decoration) and cook for 2 min.
  6. Serve in a bowl, add more sweetcorn for decoration and flavour and finish the soup with some delicious grated Cotija cheese. Enjoy!

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Rajas con Huevos (Poblano Strips with Eggs)

There is no better way to start a day than having a nice, quick and healthy breakfast and this recipe ticks all those boxes!

With no time to spare in the mornings the last thing I want to be doing is a complicate breakfast, so I tried to do easy and quick things, but without compromising deliciousness, so I cooked this in 15 min, with enough time left to organised my utensils and ingredients for my cooking class, I taught a lovely lady to make Chiles Rellenos. Continue reading “Rajas con Huevos (Poblano Strips with Eggs)”

Tartitas de Calabaza, Rajas y Queso Cabra (Pumpkin, Poblano Strips & Goat Cheese Mini Galettes)

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, it is the time for pumpkins, Day of the Dead, nice baking, etc. It makes me feel cosy and nostalgic and it always makes me want to cook more. During this time I usually try to master my baking skills, I guess is only an excuse to cook and eat more! Continue reading “Tartitas de Calabaza, Rajas y Queso Cabra (Pumpkin, Poblano Strips & Goat Cheese Mini Galettes)”

Chiles Rellenos (Stuffed Chillies)

 
Chiles Rellenos originated in the city of Puebla, Mexico, in the traditional recipe the pepper is coated in egg and fried, but I made them the way my family makes them and it is a more healthier option, no frying involved.

Traditionally the recipe is made with Poblano peppers but this dish has become so popular that nowadays people stuffed almost all type of chillies, even dry chillies like “pasilla” or “ancho”, it is normally serve in a tomato consommé.

They are not difficult to make and the taste is out of this world and when you serve them the way I do (all together in a nice serving plate) it becomes a very elegant dish that can impress even to all the fussy eaters.

Try it and you’ll see you will be cooking “Chiles Rellenos” all the time.

Serves 4

Prep 30 min

Cook 30 min

Ingredients 

  • 8 fresh poblano or green pepper.
  • 300 gr grated Mozarella cheese or any type of cheese that can melt.
  • Tomato consommé

For the tomato consommé

  • 4 large tomatoes
  • Half a raw onion
  • 1 clove of garlic peeled and raw
  • 2 cups of water
  • Half a tbsp of dried marjoram
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt to taste

Method

Roast the poblano or green peppers on the stove top burners until completely blistered and charred all over. Wrap the peppers with a tea towel and place them in a plastic and let sit for around 15 min, this will make the peppers sweat, making the skin peeling easier. Peel the charred skin and make an incision from top to bottom and remove the seed, but leave the stem and set aside.

Make the tomato consommé. Cover the tomatoes with water and leave them to boil for 30 min or until very tender then put them in a blender and add raw onion, garlic, tomato paste, marjoram, salt and a bit of the water where you cook the tomatoes, blend for 2 min, taste and if it needs salt or more marjoram add some, put it back on the heat and continue cooking, leave it on very low heat simmering.

Once the consommé is done fill the peppers with the cheese and carefully place them into the hot consommé, leave the consommé to simmer for 5 more min and once the cheese is melted, turn the heat off.

Serve 2 peppers for person with some Mexican rice.

Tips 

  • I mentioned in other recipes that is very difficult to find fresh Poblano recipes, so you can use green peppers, but the flavour is not going to be the same.
  • Sometimes cool chile sells Poblano peppers when they in season.
  • You can filled the peppers with “Beef Picadillo” as well.

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Provecho!