Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Pasta Poblano

Pasta Poblano

"This recipe relies upon a Mexican way to cook pasta. For a heartier variation stir in a little cooked and diced chicken. Poblano peppers are a dark green chile with a flavor that can range from mild to slightly spicy. They are usually around 4 to 5 inches long and are sometimes known as Ancho or Mulato chiles." Original recipe yield: 4 to 6 servings.

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound uncooked linguine
1 fresh poblano chile pepper, seeded and minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons butter
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
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DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of 4 quarts boiling salted water until al dente. Add the poblano pepper to the boiling water when you add the pasta. Drain water from pasta and remove poblano pepper.

2. Using a blender, puree together the poblano pepper, garlic, onion and cream.

3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the blended sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the cooked and drained pasta and grated mozzarella cheese. Cook for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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