Indulgent Noodle Kugel

Sheilah Kaufman

Easy

Difficulty

I have never been a big lover of pasta/noodles or kugels, until I tasted this one.

It was addiction at first bite. When I first had it at my friend Eileen’s she gave me some to take home. The next morning while rummaging in the refrigerator for breakfast I spied the leftover kugel and decided to nuke a piece. Around 11 a.m. I needed a snack and nuked another piece. Of course I had to have another for lunch and dinner and then it was gone.

The secret to this kugel is the tiny noodles. There are not a lot of them in the recipe so you are mostly eating a fabulous custard. It’s a traditional recipe that borders on dessert and makes for a great Yom Kippur break fast dish. It also freezes beautifully so you can make it ahead.

HINT: Adding salt to the water raises the boiling point of the water, making it hotter, and cooks the pasta more consistently.

Ingredients for 8-12 servings

  • 8 oz. tiny (soup) noodles
  • 5 large eggs (or egg beaters)
  • 1 lb. cottage cheese (regular or low fat)
  • 2 cups sour cream (regular or low fat)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter or margarine, softened to room temperature
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (regular or low fat), softened to room temperature
    cinnamon to taste.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Cook the noodles for five minutes in boiling salted water.
  3. Drain well. Let noodles cool to room temperature or they will curdle the eggs. This takes about 20 to 30 minutes; toss the noodles occasionally with a fork.
  4. In a bowl, beat the eggs.
  5. Combine the remaining ingredients and stir in the noodles and eggs using a hand beater.
  6. Grease an ovenproof baking dish (9-by-13-inch or a lasagna-size pyrex dish) and pour in the mixture. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and bake at 450°F for 5 minutes. This sets the custard.
  7. Reduce heat to 350°F and continue baking for another 45-50 minutes or so (depends on size of your pan) until lightly browned on top.

Sheilah Kaufman

Sheilah Kaufman is a traveling cooking teacher and author of 25 cookbooks.