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Pumpkin Kugel

Mari Levine



In order to get some pumpkin flavor in every bite, I used two types: pureed and seeds. The pumpkin puree gets mixed into the filling along with some other seasonal flavorings (brown sugar and cinnamon), and the seeds get chopped and incorporated into the topping. Not your average kugel, but perfect for the double holiday.

Ingredients for 12 servings


  • 1½ cups cornflakes, crushed coarsely
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch salt


  • 12 ounces egg noodles
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1½ cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set aside.

2. FOR THE TOPPING: In a medium bowl, stir together all topping ingredients. Set aside.

3. FOR THE FILLING: Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the noodles. Bring back up to boil and cook until almost tender but still a little firm to the bite, about 6 minutes. Drain noodles and transfer to large bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon butter and allow noodles to cool.

4. Meanwhile, combine pumpkin puree, cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, milk, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium bowl and stir until fully combined.

5. Add pumpkin/cheese mixture to noodles and stir until equally distributed. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle topping evenly over the noodles.

6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until custard is just about set and filling appears only slightly liquidy, about 40 minutes. Then remove foil and bake until topping is lightly brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Mari Levine

Mari Levine is a freelance food writer and an editor for America’s Test Kitchen, where she combines her journalism and culinary degrees from Brandeis University and Johnson & Wales, respectively, with her restaurant and lifelong eating experience. When she’s not working hoisin sauce into everything she eats or binging on anything sandwiched between two slices of bread, she can be found on her bike, engrossed in a documentary, or playing sports that involve throwing and/or catching a ball (the latest: flag football).