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Kasha Varnishkas (Parve)

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Kasha and Bowties

Kasha and Bowties

Giora Shimoni
Kasha, or buckwheat groats, are nutritious and full of flavor. Kasha Varnishkas is a traditional Jewish dish that combines kasha with noodles. I like to make Kasha with Bowties for holiday meals because it brings with it memories of generations past and thus adds meaning to our holiday celebration.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 package bowties noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup kasha
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups boiling water or soup stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons margarine


1. Cook bowtie noodles according to package directions. Drain. Set aside.
2. In a heavy frying pan with a cover, heat oil. Saute the onions (for approximately 5 minutes). Set aside.
3. In a bowl, beat the egg. Stir the kasha into the egg so that all the kernals are coated.
4. Pour the egg-covered kasha into the frying pan. Fry over high heat, stirring, until the egg has dried and kernels are separate (for approximately 3 minutes).
5. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water or soup stock to a boil.
6. Pour the hot liquid over the kasha. Add the onion and seasonings. Cover and simmer on low heat until all the liquid has been absorbed (for 10-15 minutes).
7. While the kasha is still warm, stir in the bowtie noodles.
8. Melt the margarine. Mix into the kasha and bowties.

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The smell of Kasha took me back to my youth., Member mdjaffe

I have not had kasha for many years, but decided to make some recently. It was even better than I remembered. The recipe worked exactly as expected. Next time I will add some vegetables. As soon as it started cooking the wonderful smell transported me back in time and space to the delis we used to eat at when I was a child. Sadly, where I live now has no deli, but making this recipe helped.

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