Sunday, February 21, 2010

Kasha Varnishkes

Kasha varnishkes (kasha with bow-tie noodles) is a traditional recipe in my family.  How I remember driving the five hours to my grandparents' house, getting there at lunchtime, with a big pot of it waiting for us for lunch.  My mouth is watering as I write this.

Kasha is buckwheat groats.  It's a whole grain and is very nutritious.  You can find it in the kosher food section of your grocery store.  I use the Wolff's brand, coarse granulation.  Varnishkes is Yiddish for bow-tie noodles (farfalle).  I almost always purchase whole wheat pasta, but I make an exception for this dish.   I'll be making this for dinner this week, according to my menu plan, alongside chicken and a salad.

Kasha Varnishkes

2 cups chicken broth
1 cup kasha
1 egg, beaten
2 cups bowtie noodles
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

In a saucepan, heat the chicken broth to boiling; turn to low.  In a bowl, mix the kasha with the beaten egg until the grains are coated.  Heat another saucepan on medium-high heat, then add the kasha to the pan.  Toast the kasha until the grains have separated and the egg has dried.  Pour the chicken broth into the saucepan with the kasha.  Bring to a boil, then cover and turn off the heat, allowing the kasha to absorb the liquid.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain the pasta and place in a large mixing bowl.  Then add the cooked kasha and toss.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Olivia February 23, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

Wow! This sounds very yummy and good for you too. Thanks for the recipe!

Anita,  February 25, 2010 at 9:13 PM  

I ❤love❤ Kasha; we had it when we were in the Ukraine. But, I had it with milk & honey & spices❦

Sara February 25, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

This reminds me of a yummy pasta with toasted breadcrumbs recipe I found a little while ago. Looks delish, though I've never heard of Kasha before - If I can find it I'll give this a try.

Erica (Irene) February 25, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

I love those Varnishkes, I grew up on them. I can eat the whole thing myself. I should make some soon as you have inspired me. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

a moderate life December 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

Hi Laura! Nice to see you posting this on my 12 days of bloggiemas, but to participate in the giveaway you must put a link back to the bloggiemas hop. All the best in the new year! Alex@amoderatelife

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