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Kasha Varnishkes

Not My Mama’s Kasha Varnishkes

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top/ Baking
  • Cuisine: Jewish


Kasha Varnishkes are buckwheat groats mixed with bowtie pasta. Add in some mushrooms and truffle oil and these are way better than my mama’s!



2 T olive oil
4 c  sliced mushrooms, all kinds if available
1 c chopped onions
1 T minced garlic
1 T Truffle oil

1 c kasha or roasted buckwheat groats
1 egg
2 c chicken broth (fresh, bouillon or canned low sodium)

2 c bow tie pasta, cooked

12 more T of truffle oil when incorporating mixture
2 Scallions, chopped


Heat 2 T olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat until soft.

Turn heat up to medium high and add sliced mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms release their liquid; about 5 minutes.

Add chopped garlic and stir until all the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are turning golden brown; about 7 minutes. Stir in 1 T truffle oil and salt and lots of pepper; at least three or four grinds. Remove from skillet.

Now prepare your kasha. In a medium bowl, mix the dry kasha with the egg until each kernel is coated. (This is done so that your kasha doesn’t form a big soggy mess. I’ve seen crunchy bread crumbs also used, but kasha is better for you!)

Measure your broth into a large glass measuring cup and heat in microwave on high until broth begins to simmer.

While this is heating, place your egg coated kasha into a deep pot and toast over medium heat, turning and breaking up the kasha until the egg begins to dry, and the grains separate, about 3 minutes. You should smell it. It will smell nutty, but don’t let it burn. Add the hot broth, then cover and simmer over very low heat until tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 10 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile bring salted water to a boil and cook your bow ties. Cook very al dente because you will be putting this in the oven where it will cook more. Preheat oven to 350.

In a lightly greased, (I used truffle oil) 3 quart shallow casserole, combine the kasha with the drained bow ties and the mushroom mixture. Adjust salt and pepper accordingly. Drizzle with truffle oil and make sure this mixture is moist. You can also use schmaltz or butter. Just remember you want this moist as you don’t want a dry kasha. You could also stir in a bit more chicken broth if necessary. Place in oven and heat until hot, about 15 minutes. Garnish with scallions.