4-Ingredient Granatir Pasta Recipe: Where Has This Croatian Pasta & Potato Recipe Been All Our Lives? by 30Seconds Food

4-Ingredient Granatir Pasta Recipe: Where Has This Croatian Pasta & Potato Recipe Been All Our Lives?

Croatian cuisine is often overlooked – but Croatia has some amazing recipes. This granatir pasta recipe is one of them. Also called "grenadier march" because it was made for soldiers (grenadiers) before long marches, this recipe is simply potatoes, pasta, onions and ground red pepper (aka paprika). It's traditionally served with pickles.

You can use whatever pasta shape you like for this easy (super easy!) recipe. Elbow macaroni, bowties, fusilli, rotini, penne or cavatappi would all work well. Save the long noodles like spaghetti, fettuccine and linguine for other pasta recipes.

Cuisine: Croatian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 to 4


Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the diced potatoes in boiling, salted water until tender. Drain and mash. 
  2. While the potatoes boil, cook the pasta in another pot of boiling, salted water. Drain. 
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Cook the onions until soft. Turn off the heat and add the paprika to taste. Stir. 
  4. Add the mashed potatoes and mix well. 
  5. Add the pasta and mix again. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with pickles.

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Donna John
This is the recipe you need to eat before hiking or biking! :-) Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds, have you heard of this Croatian dish?
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Yes, Donna John , my Croatian grandmother made something similar to this! So excited to try the recipe. I lost so many of her Old World recipes when she passed. Making it soon! #yum
I think this is on the menu this week for sure...

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