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What is Kluski Pasta?

Kluski Pasta is a delightful comfort food, hailing from the heart of Eastern European cuisine. These tender, egg-based noodles boast a homemade texture that pairs perfectly with hearty stews and rich gravies. Each bite offers a taste of tradition, making Kluski a staple for family gatherings. Curious about how to incorporate Kluski into your next meal? Let's explore the possibilities together.
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Kluski pasta is a type of pasta which is formulated to resemble home-made pasta. It is classically a dense egg noodle which can appear in lengths ranging from one inch (2.5 centimeters) to around four inches (10 centimeters). Some recipes call specifically for this pasta since they are meant to have a more earthy, home-made feel, while it can also be used to replace homemade pasta in recipes which call for it.

The Weiss Noodle Company claims to have patented the kluski pasta design in the 1930s, and the company continues to produce a wide range of pasta products. The pasta is also associated with Amish cuisine, and many people in Amish country purchase their kluski pasta directly from the Amish. The pasta appears to have originated in Polish culture; “kluski” describes both filled dumplings and some types of pasta. It is certainly unwise to believe the claim that the pasta was invented in the 1930s, although the Weiss company may have perfected a kluski recipe.

Some cooks add spinach when making kluski pasta.
Some cooks add spinach when making kluski pasta.

Traditionally, kluski pasta is an egg noodle, which adds to the homemade feel, since many people who make pasta at home use egg in their recipes. It is also rolled out fairly thick, tending to make it more dense and chewy than other commercial egg noodles, which are sometimes pressed to be very thin before being cut. The narrow width makes this pasta useful in pasta dishes, soups, casseroles, and a range of other dishes; the variety in lengths makes this simple pasta very versatile as well.

In addition to being available in the form of dried pasta in many parts of the Midwest and in Amish country, kluski pasta can also be purchased in a fresh or frozen form, or even made at home. Frozen and fresh pastas have a shorter shelf life, but they tend to have more dynamic, rich flavors than dried pasta. Making kluski pasta at home is remarkably easy; you don't even need a special pasta machine to make it, since you can roll it out to the desired thickness with a rolling pin.

To make kluski pasta, mix up a batch of egg noodle dough of choice. This pasta is traditionally plain, but you can also add ingredients like dried spinach or chilies to make your pasta more flavorful. Roll the dough out to be as thin as possible with a rolling pin; remember that the pasta will expand as it is cooked. Use a sharp knife to slice thin strips of pasta and cook immediately or lightly toss in flour and refrigerate for up to one week. If you are using a pasta machine, roll the dough through on a high setting so that it stays thick, and use a thin cutting attachment or slice it yourself. You can also dry homemade kluski pasta on racks in a warm, dry place.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a DelightedCooking researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a DelightedCooking researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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    • Some cooks add spinach when making kluski pasta.
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      Some cooks add spinach when making kluski pasta.