Sauerkraut Pasta Gratin might sound like an unusual dish but it is worth it to try. Some people are skeptical about the combination of Sauerkraut and pasta but it is a good combination. If you might think that this cannot be a German recipe, let me assure you, it is an original proven German recipe. The wide ribbon pasta can be found at Trader Joe’s. But you can use another pasta (or egg noodles) as well such as fettuccine, buccatini or thick spaghetti. Happy Cooking!
500 g ribbon pasta or similiar pasta
1 medium onion
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp butter
100 g smoked ham or Speck (German bacon)
200 g cooked ham
500 g Sauerkraut (jar)
200 g grated Parmesan or Swiss cheese (Emmenthaler)
1/4 cup heavy cream, black pepper, dash oregano
– boil pasta per instructions, drain them.
– peel garlic and onion, chop fine.
– cut ham and Speck in cubes.
– saute onions and garlic in butter, add ham and Speck, then add Sauerkraut.
– spice with salt, black pepper to taste, if you like add some caraway seeds.
– boil for some minutes on low -medium heat.
– grate cheese if necessary.
– layer a fire proof form with Sauerkraut, pasta and cheese; add black pepper and oregano to heavy cream; pour heavy cream over the gratin.
– bake in pre-heated oven on 400 F for about 30 min (200C).
– if you like sprinkle it with some chopped chives.