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Kasha Varnishkes

Kasha varnishkes, or kasha varnishka is my family calls them, is a staple in Jewish-Ashkenazi cuisine.

This dish is one of the many Jewish comfort foods that exist in both Ashkenazi and Sphardic cuisine.

Kasha Varnishkes on a white plate on a white counter

Originally, kasha varnishkes was made with homemade egg noodles and may have been stuffed with kasha (buckwheat groats).

In fact, varnishkes may be a Yiddish adaptation of the Ukrainian vareniki which are stuffed dumplings often filled with buckwheat.

When Jews from Eastern Europe brought the dish with them to America, packaged bow-tie noodles became popular.

To this day, Kasha varnishkes is very popular in the American Jewish community.

Honesty, I saw it so much that I thought it was an American dish that everyone in the States ate.

Traditionally, this dish is made using schmaltz. I am all in favor for this option, except when I want to make the dish parve.

So I’ve given both a fleishigs and parve options.

Mostly, water and not chicken stock is used in making kasha varnishkes, and that is how my family and have always made it as well.

However, I gave this option as well for people who’d like to use chicken stock.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Kasha Varnishkes

Kasha Varnishkes on a white plate on a white counter

Kasha Varnishkes is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish side dish which remains very popular among American Jews.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons oil or schmaltz
  • 1 cup kasha (buckwheat groats)
  • 1/2 box varnishkes (small bowtie noodles)
  • 2 cups boiling water or chicken stock


  1. Sauté onions in 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil or schmaltz. Remove to a plate.
  2. In the same pan, toast the kasha in 1 tablespoon of oil or schmaltz until aromatic.
  3. Cook the varnishkes as directed on the box.
  4. When the kasha is toasted, add boiling water or chicken stock. Cook on medium low until the water has boiled out.
  5. Drain the varnishkes. Mix in with the kasha.
  6. Add onions to the kasha and varnishkes. Mix until well combined.
  7. Add salt to taste.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

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