Ultimate Guide to Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles (Easy!)

Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles

Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles (also known as Buttered Noodles with Poppy Seed) are a quick and delicious meal you can bring together in less than 30 minutes! A bowl of poppy seed pasta is a treat you can enjoy on a busy day when you can’t make a 2 hour meal. Definitely a must try recipe!

Is It Safe to Use Poppy Seeds in Cooking?

It is totally safe to use poppy seeds. However, some people might be concerned about poppy seeds containing opium compound because they are extracted from opium poppy. The answer is that during the washing and cleaning that poppy seeds have to undergo before getting onto your local grocery store shelf all potentially dangerous components are cleared away from the product (if there were any in the first place). Check out this article for more information on poppy seeds!

Poppy Seeds Ground
Ground Poppy Seeds with Sugar

Are Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles Good for You?

Poppy seed noodles are basically sugar and carbs mixed together with some poppy seed on top. So, it is not that good for you if you are planning on making it your daily snack. However, sometimes you can make this sweet dish on a busy day when you are running out of time and need something quick to put on the table for your family. Kids will love this meal as it is so sweet and creamy!

Ingredients for Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles

Ingredients for Hungarian poppy seed noodles

Makes 1 large portion

  • 30 grams poppy seeds
  • 30 grams sugar
  • 20 grams butter
  • 120 grams of noodles
  • 1 tbsp of salt for pasta water

Watch How to Make Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles!

Watch How I Make Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles Step by Step!

Step by Step Recipe

STEP 1 – Boil the Noodles

Boil some water in kettle and add to a medium-large pot. Add about 1 tbsp of salt to the water and then place the noodles into the pot. Boil for about 10 minutes, then taste the noodles for readiness, and if they are still a bit hard, leave for another 2-3 minutes and taste again. When your noodles are ready, strain the water keeping a little bit of it for later.

STEP 2 – Grind Poppy Seeds with Sugar

Take a spice or a coffee grinder and grind your sugar with the poppy seeds. Adding sugar to the mix is important because poppy seeds will release oil and stick to the walls of the grinder, but sugar will balance the mix out and allow for a cleaner and even result. Add the poppy seed mix to a pot with butter and place onto the stove over medium heat. Let the butter melt and mix well to incorporate all the ingredients together. Stir continuously to prevent burning.

STEP 3 – Combine All Ingredients

Add strained pasta to the poppy seed mixture and combine well. If some of the poppy mix got stuck to the bottom of the pot, use some of that extra pasta water you kept for the later use to deglaze the pot.

STEP 4 – Serve and Enjoy!

Transfer the Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles onto a plate and enjoy as is!

Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles
Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles

Tips and Tricks

  • Keep some pasta water for later to deglaze the poppy seed pot and to add creaminess to the dish.
  • Grind sugar together with the poppy seeds as it will soak up the oil that poppy seeds release thus preventing the mixture from sticking to the walls of the grinder.
  • Add some salt to the pasta water as salt brings out the sweetness in desserts.
  • Make Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles gluten free by using gluten free noodles.
  • Make Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles vegan by using noodles without the egg and plant based butter.
  • Add a little bit of condensed milk to the plate for an extra milky flavor.
Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles

Frequently Asked Questions

What Goes Well with Poppy Seeds?

Poppy seeds are great in sweet baked goods like cakes, pies, and cookies, but also you can add poppy seeds to savory foods like salads and salad dressings. Check out this list of poppy seed recipes for more ideas!

How Do You Take the Bitterness Out of Poppy Seeds?

To get rid of bitterness from the poppy seeds you can soak them for 30 minutes prior to using or just grind. However, in this recipe I do not soak them and the pasta doesn’t turn out bitter! If you grind your poppy seeds and leave it for a few days before using it might develop some bitterness. So, if you have some leftover ground poppy seed mixture you can add sugar to it if it doesn’t already contain it, and place in the freezer until ready to use.

Ground poppy seed with sugar

Do You Have to Soak Poppy Seeds Before Baking?

Poppy seeds have hard outer shell which makes it a bit difficult to get all the flavor out of the seeds. However, if you grind or soak them, you can get better taste and nuttiness out of your poppy ingredient. While it is not necessary to soak, feel free to do so for 30 minutes in hot water or milk, or just grind your poppy seeds in a coffee or spice grinder prior to using!

What’s Next?

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Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles

Recipe Recap

Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles (Easy!)
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 1
Calories 350 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 coffee or spice grinder (optional)
  • 1 Kitchen scale

Ingredients
  

  • 30 grams (2 1/3 tbsp) sugar
  • 30 grams (3 1/4 tbsp) poppy seeds
  • 20 grams (4 1/2 tsp) butter
  • 120 grams noodles (or as much as you need for 1 portion)
  • 1 tbsp salt for pasta water

Instructions
 

  • Boil some water in your water heater and add to a medium-large pot.Add about 1 tbsp of salt to the water and then place the noodles into the pot. Boil for about 10 minutes, then taste the noodles for readiness, and if they are still a bit hard, leave for another 2-3 minutes and taste again. When your noodles are ready, strain the water keeping a little bit of it for later.
  • Take a spice or a coffee grinder and grind your sugar with the poppy seeds. Adding sugar to the mix is important because poppy seeds will release oil and stick to the walls of the grinder, but sugar will balance the mix out and allow for a cleaner and even result. Add the poppy seed mix to a pot with butter and place onto the stove over medium heat. Let the butter melt and mix well to incorporate all the ingredients together. Stir continuously to prevent burning.
  • Add strained pasta to the poppy seed mixture and combine well. If some of the poppy mix got stuck to the bottom of the pot, use some of that extra pasta water you kept for the later use to deglaze the pot.
  • Transfer the noodles onto a plate and enjoy!

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Keyword Buttered Poppy Seed Noodles, Hungarian Poppy Seed Noodles, Poppy Seed Pasta

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