Photo: Erin Kunkel; Styling: Christine Wolheim
Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 4 (makes 5 cups) (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

In our favorite new weeknight meal, kasha and a poached egg rev up greens and smoky pork. The recipe comes from Sandy Sonnenfelt, prepared-foods director at Market Hall Foods and its flagship store, The Pasta Shop in Oakland.

Wine Pairing: A crisp Riesling such as Trisaetum 2013 Dry Riesling (Willamette Valley; $18). The wine offers bright citrus and minerality to handle the greens and egg, and the pancetta pulls out the wine's apple and stone-fruit notes. --Sara Schneider

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring broth, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1 tbsp. oil to a boil in a small saucepan. Add kasha. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Step 2

Meanwhile, sauté pancetta in a 12-in. frying pan over medium heat until golden brown and starting to crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon from the pan to a small plate.

Step 3

Add kale and chile flakes to fat in pan. Cook, stirring often, until kale starts to soften and turn bright green, about 2 minutes. Add lemon zest, 1/4 tsp. salt, the pepper, and a splash of water if pan starts to get dry; cook a couple of minutes more. Stir in kasha mixture and 2 to 3 tbsp. more oil to moisten.

Step 4

Serve warm or at room temperature, with an egg on each serving if you like, and lemon wedges on the side.

Step 5

*Find kasha at well-stocked grocery stores and natural-foods stores, and at For the best way to poach eggs, go to

Chef's Notes

Recipe is gluten free with gluten-free broth.

Market Hall Foods and The Pasta Shop, Oakland, California

Ratings & Reviews

Tasty and easy

May 09, 2016
I typically make this with farro instead of kasha but the it's very well-balanced, satisfying but easy weeknight dinner.