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Grandma’s Noodle Kugel

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Every Jewish cook needs a tried and true old family favorite Noodle Kugel recipe in her (or his!) back pocket…one that is easy to make and even easier to eat. A Kugel that conjures up either festive Shabbat dinners, or in my case, Sunday dinners with my grandparents.

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This dairy Noodle Kugel was my Grandfather’s mother’s recipe and was actually passed down to his wife, my grandmother, and willing non-Jewish cook who took it upon herself to carry on a Spero family tradition. My Grandma Ruth, a woman who fought Polio at the tender age of seven and walked with a brace her entire life, never shied away from a challenge.

Not that this Kugel is challenging mind you. It’s as easy as pie and requires almost no real measuring or concentration. This makes it an A+ dish for any strung out mom…trust me on this one.  But the real difficulty was taking on reproducing a family favorite, one that likely would be scrutinized by her husband and could possibly fail to conjure up the taste and feelings that “Mom’s” noodle Kugel would have.

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But she did it anyway despite almost ensuing failure and actually managed to perfect it quite well as we all always looked forward to my Grandma’s “noodle pudding” and scraped our plates clean and licked every morsel from our forks.  I have to also hand it to my grandfather because I cannot remember even one meal that he EVER compared it to his mother’s Kugel. Wise man.

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This creamy and comforting noodle Kugel is now made by my mother (again handed down to a daughter-in-law) at our family dinners and by me for my family. It is creamy from the mix of cheeses and mildly spicy and sweet with a crunch from the Granny Smiths and toasty top layer noodles. It offers up some nutrients with a hefty dose of eggs and some cottage cheese and fruit, and I believe it is a fairly healthy offering for either a side dish at dinner time or as a stand alone brunch dish.

Noodle Kugel can be an acquired taste if you are not familiar with eating a sweet-ish noodle dish, but I fell in love with it at first bite and so did my daughter. It is my hands-down favorite comfort food and that says alot since I am from a family of exceptional cooks.

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I am lucky to have my grandmother’s recipe card and photo, framed by my hubby, hanging  in my kitchen.  Since I practically live in my kitchen as you all well know, I get to enjoy her presence with every waft from my oven or whir of my mixer and think about all the happy times spent in her kitchen.

Grandma’s Noodle Kugel

Recipe from Ruth Spero, handed down from Ida Spero
This recipe makes one 5 qrt casserole dish, enough to feed 12 as a side dish
3/4 lb of wide egg noodles
3 T. of butter
3/4 t. salt
12 0z  low-fat cottage cheese, small curd (I used 3/4 a container of 16 oz cottage cheese)
3/4 c. low-fat sour cream or nonfat Greek yogurt
3 whole large eggs
2 egg whites
1/2 c. sugar
2 t. cinnamon
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 c. of raisins

To make the casserole: Put the noodles in a large pot of boiling water until barely tender (al dente).  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 Pyrex dish or 5 quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Drain the noodles and place in casserole dish. Stir the butter and salt into the noodles.

In a mixing bowl, beat together cottage cheese through eggs. Stir egg mixture into noodles. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and dump into casserole dish and stir. Stir in thinly sliced apples and raisins. Leave uncovered and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Serve warm. This dish reheats well and can be frozen in either a large Ziploc bag or in other freezer storage container.

18 thoughts on “Grandma’s Noodle Kugel

  1. This looks so good, and being an old family recipe makes it even better. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love family recipes that have been passed down generations. Makes them that much more special. This recipe sounds delicious, and I like how it calls for low fat cottage cheese and sour cream to make it lighter and a bit healthier. Yum!!

  3. Family recipes as delicious as this should never be lost in the archives :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  4. You can never have too many good noodle kugel recipes, and this one looks great! My family’s version is almost like a cheesecake :)

  5. Well, you know how I feel about making and passing on family recipes, Geni. This one sounds like a great dish! And it’s got pasta … er … noodles, so, you know I’m all in favor of it. Considering the rest of its ingredients, I can see why it would be a family favorite. How wonderful that you’ve framed your Grandmother’s recipe for this family favorite. Nicely done, Geni.

  6. Recipes passed down through generations are all too few these days, it is so refreshing to see tradition being passed on in your family. I love how food can knit us together from grandmother to grandchild — familiar tastes of home. :)

  7. Is so generous of you to share this recipe… It is a new dish for me, which is always exciting ;)

  8. These are always the best kind of recipes. I’ve never had kugel before, but it always sounds so delicious. It’s definitely on my list of things that I need to try.

  9. A sweet noodle…this is new to me. Would love to try it!

  10. Now this looks delicious. So comforting, too!

  11. I have never had kugel but from your photo it has to be delicious.

  12. i’ve never put apples in my kugel, but I can’t wait to try! And family recipes always make for the best dishes!

  13. i like the addition of apples in this kugel. i’ve never made it with apples, and i feel inspired to do so the next time i make kugel.
    :) gretchenrae

  14. okay i have to be honest_ i have never wanted to try this dish because i have never thought i would be a fan of noodles with raisins but you have delivered me from that fear and yours looks so delicious with the apples and all I feel compelled to give it a try!

  15. First time I saw this type of noodle. Learned something new today. Lovely recipe

  16. Such a nice family story Geni…and to think that your grandma living with the braces is very touching and inspiring.
    My first encounter with kugel was at my husband’s family Passover dinner…and I must confess that I was not very impressed. Now seeing your recipe I felt that I must give this try, maybe I will change my impression about noodle kugel :)
    Hope you are enjoying your week!

  17. This is the first time i am coming across Noodle Kugel. Its looks so delicious. And I love the fact that it is a family recipe. I have to try this out for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  18. This dish is totally new to me but a recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation is sure to be amazing!
    Thank you for sharing this beauty with us Geni

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