Thursday, February 11, 2021

Hipster Kasha Varniskas

Kasha varnishkas is a classic Eastern European/Jewish dish. Also called "kasha and bowties" since it's traditionally made with bowtie shaped pasta. It's basically Ashkenazi comfort food - but this time I gave it a hipster, healthier twist with Banza chickpea pasta!
Kasha - or buckwheat - is a naturally gluten-free grain. It comes from Asia but set up shot in Russian cuisine, which many traditionally Ashkenazi dishes come from. 
As a child, my mom would make this many weeks for shabbas. The picky eater that I was often would just eat plane pasta - no kasha, no veggies, just bowties. But I still lovingly declared "we are having kasha and bowties for dinner!"
Now, as an adult, I love this easy comfort food. It's really nothing fancy. It doesn't look super pretty. The ingredients aren't overly original. But it's Jewish soul food - part of my roots.
Ever since going gluten-free, I haven't been able to replicate this classic. Sure. There are GF noodles, but it's not kasha unless it's kasha and bowties! Well, thank you Banza for making bowtie shaped pasta so I could remake this dish, 2021 style!
Sometimes, a little nostalgia goes a long way with food and this one hit the spot!

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19 thoughts on the matter:

Handmade in Israel said... {Reply}

I actually don't know this dish but it looks delicious! I make buckwheat salad with chickpeas in, which I guess has a similar taste.

Hazel said... {Reply}

The bowtie pasta looks very pretty. That alone would entice curious me to try it. And I learned something new today, thanks and thanks for hosting Little Things Thursday.

Shelbee on the Edge said... {Reply}

Tamar, this looks amazing! I am definitely going to try this if I can find some buckwheat. I do like good old fashioned soul food from any culture. And now that I am exploring Ashkenazi history a bit more, I definitely want to try this recipe!


Joanne said... {Reply}

That looks good! There is nothing like recreating comfort foods.

Natasha said... {Reply}

Okay, I need to see if Dave knows this dish.

Tom said... {Reply}

...a hister I am NOT!

Lisa notes... said... {Reply}

This would be a totally new dish for me! I love that there is such a variety of food around the world, and that there are also gluten-free options available for more people.

Michele Morin said... {Reply}

Bowties + anything = fun and delish!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

My mom used to make this too. I haven't had it forever!

Bekah said... {Reply}

That looks really REALLY delicious!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

Bow ties are so fun! This sounds really good!! Must try!

Anonymous said... {Reply}

I’m so glad your were able to find a gluten free pasta so you could make this comfort food. I have a wheat allergy so I understand the challenge.


Ani said... {Reply}

OK so this is probably too much information, but Banza pasta gives me the serious bubble guts. I don't know what it is because chickpeas don't have the same effect, I could eat them all day. This dish looks great though, I'd like to try it with 'regular' pasta!

Cloudia said... {Reply}

Wishing you happy days, cousin!

Meditations in Motion said... {Reply}

Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try it! Probably with regular bowties, though.

csuhpat1 said... {Reply}

That looks so yummy. Very nice.

Linda said... {Reply}

Sounds filling. Thank you for hosting.

Lucy said... {Reply}

That looks absolutely delicious!!

Sara Chapman in Seattle USA said... {Reply}

I just made kasha last week. It's hard to find buckwheat these days! It's awfully good with potroast gravy, too. Those noodles sound very good.