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Kicked Up Kasha Varnishkas with Porcinis

kicked up kasha varniskas

I never liked kasha of any kind, but now as a grown up Dietitian I thought I would give it another shot. Afterall it is buckwheat and filled with whole grain goodness. I found that I prefer the more coarse groats and mixed up in this classic dish with a some modern additions I have turned into a fan.

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cup sliced mushrooms, such as cremini
  • 1 leek, sliced and cleaned well
  • 1 cup coarse kasha, buckwheat groats
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pound mini bow ties pasta, cooked per package directions
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Garnish: chopped fresh parsley


  1. Soak porcini mushrooms in 3/4 cup hot water for about 45 minutes. Strain and reserve soaking liquid. Chop porcinis and set aside.
  2. In a large deep saute pan, lightly coated with evoo, saute mushrooms until golden brown, over medium-high heat. Add leek and continue cooking until leek has softened.
  3. Add groats and toast until fragrant. Add garlic, chopped porcinis and continue cooking for just a minute. Add broth, reserved porcini liquid, wine and reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, fluff and place in a large bowl.
  4. Add cooked pasta to groats mixture and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve hot.