Yogurtlu makarna: Turkish pasta with yogurt and butter sauce

A poem. Turkish pasta coated in creamy yogurt with garlic. With a fruity tomato flavor and roasted paprika powder to tickle the palate. Plus lots of butter and a pinch of dried mint*. This Turkish dish has it all. So many flavors come together here that you won't even know what's happening to your taste buds. 


You may already be familiar with manti. These are small Turkish dumplings with minced meat. A lot of work, but also a lot of flavor. Our Turkish pasta with yogurt recipe actually tastes the same and uses the same ingredients. However, as pasta is used here instead of dumplings, it is a vegetarian recipe. But it is still authentic.



Tip: Yogurtlu Eriste with minced meat sauce is a similar dish on our blog.

Turkish pasta with yogurt

This original Turkish pasta recipe with yogurt is cooked in many households in Turkey. We are not surprised. It's quick to prepare, tastes incredibly delicious and you probably already have all the ingredients at home.


What's more, the ingredients are inexpensive. This makes our Turkish pasta with yogurt perfect in every way. Ditch the pasta with ketchup! Now it's time for fake manti. 


turkish pasta with yogurt Yogurtlu makarna


Tip: Garlic yoghurt tastes even more intense after a few hours or the next day. You can also pre-cook our Turkish dish. 

Yogurtlu makarna: Turkish pasta with yogurt and butter sauce

Ingredients (4 portions)


500 grams/16 oz of pasta (farfalle or "fiyonk pasta" from the Turkish supermarket)

For the garlic yogurt:

  • 500 grams/9 oz natural yogurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt

For the butter sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 heaped tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • a little salt and pepper
  • optional chili flakes
  • dried mint* to garnish



Step 1: Cook the pasta according to the instructions.

Step 2: While the pasta is cooking, prepare the garlic yogurt. To do this, mix the crushed/grated garlic with the yogurt and salt in a bowl. Salt to taste. We prefer it pretty salty.

Step 3: Tip the cooked and rinsed pasta back into the pot and pour the garlic yogurt over it. Mix everything together.

Step 4: Melt the butter in a small pan and add the paprika powder, tomato paste and optionally a few chili flakes. Allow to brown a little over a medium heat. Stir in the tomato paste thoroughly. It should no longer form large lumps.

Step 5: Plate the pasta, pour over the butter sauce and sprinkle with dried mint. 

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