Kasha Varnishkes with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Kasha Varnishkes with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Recipe Rating: 3.48319
Serves 4 to 6
Kasha Varnishkes, a delightful mixture of sautéed onions, buckwheat groats and bowtie pasta, graces many Jewish holiday tables. This version features caramelized onions and hearty mushrooms.
  • 1 cup whole buckwheat groats
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cups dried bowtie pasta
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
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Bring 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons water to a boil in a medium pot over high heat. Stir in buckwheat groats, 1/2 teaspoon of the oil, cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 18 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Warm 2 tablespoons of the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes. Add mushrooms, raise the heat to high, and cook for 4 to 6 more minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low, and cook for 10 to 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions and mushrooms begin to caramelize.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain pasta and toss with mushroom mixture.

Lightly fluff the groats with a fork and then stir them into the pasta and mushroom mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, parsley, and pumpkin seeds, if using.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 310 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 110mg sodium, 52g carbohydrates, (6 g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 9g protein.
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