Recipe: Ukranian Pasta Bake | Baked Lokshyna

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if bacon could cure every ailment. In the Ukraine, I bet it does.

Broken heart? Bacon.

Spilled beet juice on your favorite sundress? Bacon.

Thursday afternoon existential crisis? Bacon.

I’m thinking it’s worth a try.

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That’s where this pasta bake comes in. “Lokshyna” are Ukrainian noodles, and today we’ve dressed them up with plenty of sizzling bacon, creamy cottage cheese, and a couple of cracked eggs to bind the casserole together. The finishing touch is a happy sprinkling of buttered breadcrumbs (as few or as many as you’d like).

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One note on authenticity: traditional versions of this recipe are made with fresh egg noodles. On a particularly harried shopping trip, I was unable to locate any… so my version is made with dried noodles. Keep in mind: if you do decide to use fresh noodles, you may need to alter the recipe. This is because fresh noodles can be baked uncooked, but will require more liquid to do so.

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But, either way, the Ukranian pasta casserole is… awesomely comforting (and perfect for potlucks). In fact, Keith’s mother is fairly certain she’s had an identical pasta bake at a church potluck. I wonder if whoever made it was Ukrainian…

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Ingredients:

6 cups of cooked egg noodles (about 1/2 lb uncooked egg noodles)
8 slices bacon

Cheese sauce:

2 cups cottage cheese
1/4 cup half and half
2 eggs
Salt & pepper, to taste

Topping:

1/3-1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
1/4 cup melted butter

Method:

Find a cozy kitchen in the heart of Ukraine.

Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine-by Roman Zacharij

Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine-by Roman Zacharij

Cook the noodles until al dente. Run cool water over them to stop the cooking and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, half and half, eggs, and seasoning. Plenty of pepper gives the pasta bite.

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Stir the cooked pasta. Set aside.

Cook the bacon, then chop when cool enough to handle. Add the chopped bacon and any accumulated bacon fat into the pasta mixture.

Pour into a buttered or oiled 3 quart casserole.

Next, melt the butter…

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Stir it together with some breadcrumbs until the mixture resembles wet sand.

Sprinkle on top of the casserole and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and bubbling.

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And… enjoy the most lovely sort of comfort.. straight from Ukraine to your home.

So what do you think? Would a casserole like that solve all of life’s ills, or what?

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Comments

  1. Looks yummy. It resembles a very un-kosher kugel!

  2. Janet Goodell says:

    My mother, who will be 88 next week and still mows he lawn, makes noodles for her chicken soup. I have been trying but am still a novice. They are so good. I didn’t get egg noodles on my trip to town yesterday, so will be making noodles Sunday. Will let you know how It turns out. Oh, mom learned how to make noodles from her Grandma (not Ukranian, but the German one, I think).

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Homemade noodles can be very simple or ornate. I like the “lagman” ones we made from Central Asia.

  3. We have made a similar casserole for many years that we call “Lazy Vareniki” – the vareniki (or perogy) we make are filled with an egg and cottage cheese filling rather than with potatoes. My family’s background is Dutch and German, but for a few generations our Mennonite ancestors lived in Ukraine and Russia, so our traditional foods are heavily influenced by Ukrainian cooking.

  4. elisa waller says:

    I think donovan would love this bacon infused dish…hahaha..yumster!

  5. Dutchgirl says:

    I regularly make a variation of this recipe. The base is the same, the only difference is that I use ham and Dutch Gouda chees instead of bacon and cottage cheese.
    Question: what is half-and-half?

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