Recipe for Noodle Kugel – Good Anytime

kugel recipe

I Love Good Noodle Kugel

I think this recipe from Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman (apparently her Mother’s own family recipe) first published October 2008. I’m thinking of using this recipe to serve at a dinner party this week. But you can make this anytime for any occasion. Actually, I love anything with noodles. Traditionally, we make kugel for Chanukah.  Kugel is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish recipe for a baked pudding or casserole – using either egg noodles or potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound wide egg noodles
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar (Mom uses 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 pounds full-fat cottage cheese, creamed or large curd
  • 2 sticks (1 cup or 8 ounces) melted unsalted butter or margarine (Mom uses 1 1/2 sticks butter)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  • Optional: 2 cups canned cherry pie filling (Comstock is specified)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Parboil the noodles (five to seven minutes).
  2. In a very large bowl beat eggs until fluffy. Add the sugar gradually, then the cottage cheese, margarine or butter and vanilla. Stir in the drained noodles.
  3. Pour into a 9×13-inch pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until kugel is set. If using the cherry pie filling as a topping, pour it over at the one-hour mark, then bake it for an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Deb note: Your baking time may, of course, vary. Check for doneness at one hour and go from there. Our oven, always running cool, took almost two hours to bake this. At home, my mothers inferno of an oven does it in an hour.
  5. About the topping: Okay, so apparently, the original version of this recipe has the cherry pie filling (from! a! can!) as a topping. Should you want to try some version of this but avoid the mystery-in-a-can stuff, a quick cherry pie filling can be made with a bag of frozen sour cherries cooked with half a cup of water in a saucepan for about 10 minutes. Mix 1/2 cup of sugar with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and stir these into the pot. The mixture will thicken within a couple minutes. Cool before using.

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