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Polish Poppy Seed Noodles Recipe [Kluski Z Makiem]

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A plate of pasta with a Polish Poppy Seed Noodles Recipe [Kluski Z Makiem] on it.

Kluski z Makiem is a typical Polish Christmas dish. It’s quick to make and absolutely delicious! Here’s my Polish poppy seed pasta recipe.

Just like any other pasta, kluski z makiem doesn’t take a lot of time to make. If you use a ready poppy seed filling, then the dish will literally be ready in 10 minutes.

Of course, I recommend making a poppy seed filling from scratch. Here’s my full post about it with tips for making.

The History Of Kluski z Makiem

It’s not clear how old this dish is, however, it’s believed that Polish poppy seed pasta has been served on Christmas Eve for more than 150 years.

The dish has many names including

  • makiełki
  • makówki
  • makaron z makiem

Every Polish Christmas dish has a meaning. Poles believe that eating makiełki on this very special day will guarantee the unity of the family.

How To Make Kluski z Makiem?

If you have a ready poppy seed filling, you just need to cook the pasta and mix it with it. It’s as simple as that.

If you want to make your own poppy seed filling (that is healthier and tastier), just cook the poppy seeds with milk, blend them, add honey, butter, dried fruits, and nuts. That’s it!

You may decorate kluski z makiem with nuts or candied orange skin.

FAQ About Polish Poppy Seed Noodles

Is there another version of this dish?

Yes, in Slask (Silesian Province) they mix poppy seed filling with bread soaked in water instead of pasta.

Can I Make This Dish Vegan?

Of course! Just make sure your pasta is egg-free.

How To Store Kluski Z Makiem?

You can keep the dish in the fridge for up to 5 days. I don’t recommend freezing it.

You may freeze the homemade poppy seed filling though.

Polish Poppy Seed Noodles Recipe [Kluski Z Makiem]

Yield: 8

Polish Poppy Seed Noodles

A plate of Polish Poppy Seed Noodles Recipe [Kluski Z Makiem] with meat and oranges on it.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 cups of poppy seeds
  • 2 cups of milk (or water)
  • 2.5oz (70g) of dried apricots
  • 2.5oz (70g) of dried cranberries
  • 2.5oz (70g) of raisins
  • 2.5oz (70g) of candied orange peel dices
  • 2.5oz (70g) of ground walnuts
  • 4 tbsps of honey
  • 4 tbsps of butter
  • 1.1lb (500g) of tagliatelle pasta [or any other noodles]


  1. Rinse and drain the poppy seeds.
  2. Cover the poppy seeds with milk or water and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, dice dried apricots.
  4. Drain the poppy seeds then grind them once or twice.
  5. Add honey, butter, ground walnuts, and dried fruits. Mix.
  6. Cook noodles according to the instruction on the package.
  7. Mix the poppy seed filling with noodles. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 8gSugar: 20gProtein: 10g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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