Classic Noodle Kugel Recipe (2024)

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Susan

In my family’s recipe (which we lovingly refer to as “death by kugel”), we add a 4 oz block of cream cheese to the purée. The topping is a mix of corn flake crumbs and cinnamon and sugar. It’s a little like cheesecake with noodles, and makes the perfect dish for a Yom Kippor break-fast buffet.

Kenneth

The crushed pineapple is in the Hummingbird Cake, where it belongs.

Lanewriter

Cottage cheeses vary greatly in curd size, creaminess, and wateriness. For that reason and also to cut some of the considerable fat content I will be subbing in low-fat ricotta for the cottage cheese and fat-free Greek yogurt for the sour cream. Will also be adding coarsely-chopped apples and generous amounts of cinnamon and raisins as my mom always did in the pareve (non-dairy) kugels that she served with meat dinners. Thanks for this nostalgic recipe.

Doug

I’m presuming that in Step 5 the bowl into which the noodles are being stirred is the bowl with the cheese, etc. This was not made clear in Step 4 after pulsing the other ingredients.

Susan Larcombe

I have been looking for years for a sweet noodle kugel recipe, to replace the one shared with me by my ex’s father days before a big birthday celebration. It was the first time I had spoken by phone to the man whom I’d assumed would someday be my father in law. His instructions were exacting and precise, and the resulting dessert was perfection. I can’t wait to try Melissa Clark’s version and then make a few adaptations (where is the crushed pineapple?!) in hopes of recreating that lost recipe.

MJ

When making a dairy kugel, we use farmers cheese instead of cottage cheese when it's available, or whole milk ricotta in a pinch. It makes for a creamier kugel. Also, white sugar is actually better in this dish than brown. Add the butter/margarine to the hot noodles, and then the sugar (you can eyeball it). Then the cinnamon, the dairy products (no milk needed), and finally the raisins. Kugel was the very first thing I learned to make after scrambled eggs. I think I was 7.)

J. Bligh

I read the recipe several times and don't see a step for mixing the cheese mixture with the noodles or when to add the apples if using. I assume the apples would be added to the cooked noodles (without pouring the hot noodles water over them as you would the raisins/apricots) and the mixture would be poured over the noodles in the bowl.

Mark

I'm not a fan of cottage cheese so when I make noodle kugel I replace it with ricotta. With, I think, excellent results

David C Morris

Yummy! Thanks, Melissa, as always. Again, suggestion- use cottage cheese on the dryer side (Friendship). It makes a difference.

carol

This was swimming in butter. 10 Tbsp melted butter. Anyone else have a problem with too much butter?

IBaker

Step 5 adds the cottage cheese mixture and raisins to the noodles.

Gail

This was a huge hit at our Hanukkah dinner. I saw no reason to make any changes other than out of a little personal preference. I used about a cup of dried fruit: apricots, cherries and raisins soaked in some warm Gran Marnier All the creamy ingredients were combined in my stand mixer. I used a cinnamon/cardamom mixture and baked the kugel for about 1 hour in a Bundt pan just for effect. It was beautiful! Thank Melissa for your talent and inspiration. Happy New Year, all

caraline

Someone was looking for a kugel recipe with pineapple. If you use that instead of apple sauce just make sure you cook it right away. Add it last then stick in in the oven. Otherwise the cheeses start to sour.

Chum

I’m Syrian Lebanese Christian, making this for my Jewish BF. (Having never eaten it before, I will withhold my own opinion.) While my BF said, “Wow! You made real kugel!” and ruled it, “Yummm,” I’m guessing this (like most special occasion recipes) is only great if it tastes like your mom made it. I stuck to the recipe, tho added both nutmeg and black pepper. As a creative cook, I never follow recipes—but when it comes to something as important as memory, I try to stick to what’s written.

M/R Cooper

This was my first time making noodle kugel and followed the instructions exactly. It was very disappointing. Very eggy, almost like a quiche or frittata. Not custardy or creamy. Some recipes added cream cheese, maybe that was what this was missing. Not sure what could have saved it.

MarkinCal

This was okay. In my experience, most classic noodle kugel recipes use a pound of noodles. Nowadays a bag of noodles is only 12 ounces. I had to bake this longer (about 70 minutes) due to the ratio of custard to noodles. I tried this because I thought cottage cheese would be easier than cream cheese, which I usually use. However, soften cream cheese cut up in advance and stirred into the hot noodles melts well, and no food processor to clean. I also stir in a cup of apricot preserves.

Donna Piller

Thank you Melissa Clark for this wonderful recipe! It is just like the one I grew up with. It brings back so many memories of family gatherings and food made with my mother’s love like a blessing.

Jennie

This was very easy. I peeled and thinly sliced an apple and mixed it into the noodle-dairy mixture along with dried sour cherries and California apricots. I used 2/3 c sugar and was surprised to find this was much less sweet than I'd hoped for. Next time I'd double the sugar. Also, I think the milk is unnecessary--the custard component is less sturdy than I'd like and I blame the thinning properties of the milk. But still--nice.

Laz

I’d I’m making it a day ahead, I bake it for the full 45-55 mins one day, and for another 20 mins the next day to reheat it? Is that correct?

adriennesmaller

We do the corn flake, cinnamon and brown sugar topping and add pineapple chunks and white raisins!

Donneek

I have used bowtie/farfel noodles instead of wide egg noodles which I have had a hard time finding and they worked great, giving the kugel more testure as well.

Chum

I’m Syrian Lebanese Christian, making this for my Jewish BF. (Having never eaten it before, I will withhold my own opinion.) While my BF said, “Wow! You made real kugel!” and ruled it, “Yummm,” I’m guessing this (like most special occasion recipes) is only great if it tastes like your mom made it. I stuck to the recipe, tho added both nutmeg and black pepper. As a creative cook, I never follow recipes—but when it comes to something as important as memory, I try to stick to what’s written.

Janice

I made as written, except I added a splash of almond extract and topped with toasted almonds. I think next time I will add the lemon zest - it needs a bit of a zing.

Susie

I’m not a kugel expert so I made this exactly as written and it was super delicious. No complaints from my husband and 3 grown sons who were in from out of town for a mini-reunion. It didn’t last long in my kitchen! Will definitely make it again.

Francoise

This is the recipe for the noodle kugel that every child in our synagogue was raised on. And the only kugel most members will eat. Simple perfection.Sweet Noodle Kugel1 lb wide noodles, cooked and drained1 stick butter or margarine1 lb sour cream4 eggs3/4 cups sugar½ tsp salt1 tsp vanillaMelt margarine in baking pan in oven. Mix noodles with the other ingredients. Pour into pan, cover with foil for a soft top and bake 45 – 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Can be served warm or cold.

Gail

This was a huge hit at our Hanukkah dinner. I saw no reason to make any changes other than out of a little personal preference. I used about a cup of dried fruit: apricots, cherries and raisins soaked in some warm Gran Marnier All the creamy ingredients were combined in my stand mixer. I used a cinnamon/cardamom mixture and baked the kugel for about 1 hour in a Bundt pan just for effect. It was beautiful! Thank Melissa for your talent and inspiration. Happy New Year, all

Karen

My grandmother’s recipe, which is canon in our family, also includes cream cheese. And golden raisins, which I plump in a ladleful of the boiling noodle water before I strain the noodles. I also always mix the strained noodles and the other ingredients in the noodle cooking pot, the heat of which helps make the blending of everything easier, and prevents having to dirty a bowl.Once, I forgot to buy sour cream, and substituted plain yoghurt to no apparent detriment.

MLS

And where in the world do you find the farmer’s cheese that used to come in wooden box? Don’t tease

Cindy

I have always preferred a salt and pepper noodle kugel that my maternal grandmother used to make. I don't have the recipe, but would welcome one from anyone familiar with same.

eric

I made this recipe and it’s fine, although I definitely prefer my mom’s recipe that differs in a big way - I don’t pre-cook the noodles. Instead, I add enough milk and slow cook the kugel for 2 hours at 300 degrees. This allows the noodles to cook, absorbing the liquid, while all the rest of the ingredients get together. The result is a slightly richer flavor and an amazing texture. Cheers!

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