To be honest, I didn’t really know what kugel was until quite recently. And to continue that level of honesty, I’m still not sure I fully understand it. Should I serve it with ice cream or beside a pot roast? Is it a dessert or a side? Is it served warm or cold? So many questions with highly debated answers. The only thing I’m really sure about when it comes to this dish is that it is darn tasty.
On a basic level kugel is a casserole or baked pudding made with egg noodles or potatoes. It hails from Germany (the word kugel comes from the German word “ball”) and is most often served on Jewish holidays. Beyond those facts, kugel recipes vary greatly. Everything from raisins and fruit to veggies and salt and pepper. This dish has gotten some serious makeovers in recent years. But for today’s recipe, we’ve decided to keep it pretty classic.
We went with a creamy egg mixture and sweet, sugary topping that just about everyone is going to like. Think bread pudding, only with noodles instead of bread. If this is your first foray into kugel, this is an excellent place to start!
If you decide to serve your kugel as a side or dessert is up to you. Either way, we hope you enjoy this traditional jewish treat as much as we do!
15m prep time
1h cook time
- 1 12oz bag of egg noodles, cooked and drained
- 5 large eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups cottage cheese (16 oz)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 ¼ cups white granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter (one stick), melted
- 6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- ⅓ cup white granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Grease a 9x13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, white sugar, melted butter, cream cheese, salt, and vanilla.
- Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, stir in the cooked noodles and transfer to the prepared baking dish.
- In a small bowl, mix together the remaining white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Evenly sprinkle sugar mixture on the top of the noodles.
- Bake for 1 hour or until top begins to brown.
- Serve warm or room temperature.