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Category: Main courses

Poblano spaghetti

Poblano spaghetti
Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

How do you know it's Christmas at Bricia Lopez's house? There's a big Christmas tree in one corner of the art-filled hillside bungalow; a baby bobs in his bouncy chair. Bricia, her sisters Elizabeth Lopez and Paulina Lopez Velasquez, and ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 6 to 10
  • 2 to 3 poblano peppers
  • 1/4 white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 5 parsley springs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 pound bucatini pasta
  • Salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Grated cotija cheese, for garnish

Step 1Roast the peppers: Place the peppers on a rack over a stove-top burner and roast, turning constantly, until charred on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Place the peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for a few minutes (this will give the peppers time to steam, so they peel more easily), then remove and peel each one, rubbing off the charred skin and discarding the stems (remove the seeds if desired). Do not rinse.

Step 2Place the peppers in a blender, along with the onion, garlic, parsley, milk and crema and puree well to form a sauce. Set aside.

Step 3In a pot, warm the butter until it is melted. Add the poblano sauce and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes to marry the flavors, stirring occasionally.

Step 4Meanwhile, cook the pasta. In a large pot of boiling liberally salted water, add the pasta with the bay leaves and cook the pasta a minute or two less than the packaging instructs.

Step 5Drain the pasta and add to the pot with the poblano sauce, discarding the bay leaves. Stir or toss the pasta to coat with the sauce. Remove from heat and add a drizzle of olive oil and a good sprinkling of grated cheese, then toss well. Top with more grated cheese and serve immediately.

Each of 10 servings:
Calories 246; Protein 8 grams; Carbohydrates 38 grams; Fiber 2 grams; Fat 7 grams; Saturated fat 4 grams; Cholesterol 22 mg; Sugar 4 grams; Sodium 29 mg
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