I’m stepping out of the cookie zone to share a recipe made with a pepper that is wildly popular here in Austin during the month of August, the Hatch green chile. Named after The Hatch Valley in New Mexico, Hatch green chiles are lighter in color, slightly sweeter and skinnier than poblano peppers. During Hatch season we use them in just about everything, which in this case is a creamy baked penne dish called Hatch Chile Baked Penne.
This recipe is from the late Jean Andrews, aka Austin’s Pepper Lady. I never got to meet her, but always felt a connection because we appeared in the newspaper the same day. I’d won a cooking contest, and she was promoting The Peppers Cookbook. A day or two later, during a visit to my ear doctor, he commented that two of his patients had been in the paper. It was yet another “Austin sure is a small town” moment. If you live here you know what I’m talking about. Everyone knows someone you know.
Anyhow, I went out and bought The Peppers Cookbook the next day. The recipe is adapted from one in the book which called for poblanos. As you can see by the photo, I made a fraction of the dish, which is another nice thing about this recipe — you can halve, quarter or even eighth it! But don’t worry. The full batch Hatch Chile Baked Penne recipe is below.
Hatch Chile Baked Penne
- 3 hatch chili peppers mild or spicy
- 10 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon chicken or vegetable soup base
- 14 to 16 ounces of penne pasta
- 2 cups of sour cream or a mixture of sour cream and good yogurt
- 1/4 cup heavy creamy completely optional!
- 2 cups Mexican style shredded cheese Monterey Jack etc.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Roast the peppers. Slit the chili peppers down the center, scrape out the seeds and arrange on a large foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 450F for about 10 minutes or until the pepper’s skins have blistered. Turn and bake for a few more minutes. Remove from the oven and using tongs, transfer to a heavy duty freezer bag or a bowl with a lid. Seal the hot peppers in the bag (or cover bowl) and let cool. When cool, remove from bags, peel away skins, chop.
- Bring 10 cups of water to a boil. Stir in the soup base. You can also add a little salt to the water if you want. Add pasta and boil until al dente (7 to 12 minutes depending on type).
- Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process the sour cream, and chopped chile peppers.
- Drain the pasta and toss it with the sour cream mixture and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. If you feel like it, add a little cream. At this point you can add some salt and pepper to taste, but I never do.
- Arrange in a greased 9x13 inch casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake at 375 F. for about 10 minutes, then sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Bake uncovered for another 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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Cool! Thanks for the tip!!
If you miss HEB’s short window for hatch green chile, or want to try making red sauce, our farm actually ships directly to individuals. You can order both fresh (August-October) and frozen (year-round) at our website http://hatch-green-chile.com before and after HEB and Whole Foods quit offering it locally.
Hi Amy, I didn’t have any yogurt so I just used sour cream. I think half yogurt would be great, though.
I am making this for dinner tonight…my first time to cook with chili peppers! I’m making a half batch. Anyway, if you get this before I start cooking in a few hours can you let me know…did you use all sour cream or a combo of sour cream and yogurt? Just wondering what tastes best..I have both. I’m going to skip the heavy cream. Thanks!!!
How timely! I just called Eric to be sure to pick up our 30 lbs of Hatch chilis at Albertson’s tomorrow. I have been searching for recipes. He first had one last year and has been waiting for them to come into season. Albertsons sells them in 30 lb. batches and roasts them for you. I was thinking of Chili Rellenos, but several people said they were too thin for rellenos that it is best to layer them. Guess I will have enough chilis to experiment with!
HEB plus just pulled out the roaster, can hardly wait to get my supply of hatch peppers.
Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat
Yum I love hatch season! I think I’m going to make something similar at HEB tomorrow 🙂