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Sweet, Rich, And Delicious. You Don't Have to be Jewish to Appreciate Noodle Kugel.

Updated on February 12, 2015

Aunt Bunny's Noodle Kugel

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As the world gets crazier I find myself spending more time in my kitchen. It feels like a safe, warm retreat. And more often than not when I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, I turn to the recipes I grew up with.

As a midwest Jewish girl, that often means the recipes of my ancestors. Ashkenazi Jews from Central and Eastern Europe. One of my favorites was my Aunt Bunny's Noodle Kugel. (Pronounced "koogle.") As I pulled this recipe out of the box the other evening, I began to wonder..where did the inspiration for this creamy, tasty comfort food come from?

Noodle Kugel is One of Many Traditional Jewish Foods

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A Little Kugel History

It turns out, Kugel has been around a long time. The very first kugels were savory rather than sweet and actually made from bread. Then about 800 years ago, noodles were incorporated by cooks in Germany. Later, eggs, cottage cheese and milk were added to create a custard-like texture.

It was in the 17th century that a cook with a sweet tooth in Hungary decided to add some sugar and sour cream to the mix. (I would call and thank him personally if I could.) Later in Poland, someone got real creative and decided to add some farmer's cheese (a lot like cottage cheese) and cinnamon.

Kugel is one of those traditional foods you find during many different Jewish holidays like Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and Shavuot. Here is a great link if you want to learn more about the Jewish Holidays.

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/default_cdo/jewish/holidays.htm

All I know for sure, is that since I've been around (not nearly 800 years), It's been one of my favorite "go to" comfort foods. The added bonus is that it's cheap and easy to make.


So Easy to Make

Basically, you boil up your noodles and drain them. Put them back in the same pot, (I love this--so few dishes to clean!), add butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, sour cream, cottage cheese and I like to throw in a little lemon zest. Mix well and pour into a greased 9X13 pan, sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top then throw it in the oven.

Your kitchen will begin to smell AMAZING. My husband, who works at home and doesn't come out of his office unless someone yells "fire", will actually emerge with eyes like saucers asking "What IS that??"

Yes ladies. A way to a man's heart is his stomach.

A Great Dish to Make With Your Kids

Kugel is one of those awesome recipes to try with your kids because there's really no way to mess it up. It's as simple as boiling noodles, throwing them back in the pot and having the little ones add everything else and give it a stir. It's foolproof.

In fact, last time I made one I put it in the oven and realized I forgot to add eggs. (Clearly, I had not had my morning coffee yet!) No problem. I took it out, poured it back into the pot, added the eggs and it went back into the oven. No one was the wiser.




Watch Out-It'll go Fast

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
Yields: Serves about eight

Ingredients

  • 1 pound wide egg noodles
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 pound cottage cheese
  • 1 pound sour cream
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons plus more to sprinkle on top cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, (optional)
  1. Cook egg noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Add noodles back to pot. Mix with butter, sugar, cheese, sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon zest if desired.
  3. Pour into greased 9X13 pan. Bake for one hour or until set. (If noodles are getting overdone on top you can cover with aluminum foil the last few minutes.
  4. Let cool and cut into squares.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i am not a jewish but i sure want to try this dish, voted up

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thanks so much DDE!!! Yes, there are perks for him working at home!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ''Your husband who does not come out of the office unless someone yells fire,'' hmm! When you smell your lovely cooking out he comes. I like this recipe and will have to try it.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      They look delicious, I will have a day of baking very soon, thank you.

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      They sound like russian tea cakes which are one of my favorites! Here is the recipe I use..you can make them with pecans, walnuts or almonds. I like the pecans!

      http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/russian-tea-ca...

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      It was such a longtime ago but I did a little research myself and I think it likely that the biscuits I recalled were Walnut Snowballs. If they taste like shortbread with a walnut flavor, then these are the biscuits.

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I need to do research and figure out what that is!! Thanks so much @sallybea..I think every good recipe should have a story!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      A recipe with a story, now that really is the way to write a recipe hub.

      I enjoyed both the story and the images too. I now have to find the time to make them.

      I love Jewish cooking makes me remember rather fondly the biscuits which a friend of mine made. They were little round balls rather than biscuits with the appearance of having been rolled in icing sugar. They tasted a little like shortbread with the flavor of either almond or cardamom but quite honestly, they were to die for.

      Now if you could find that recipe........I promise to be be your greatest fan.

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thanks Robin!! So sweet of you!

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      Robin Zambrowsky 2 years ago

      Yummy Tami ! I also make a Savory one that is a big hit. email me if you want that recipe to try.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      About 15 years ago I was the female chaperon for a group of college students and we spent a week in Poland. Very, very interesting -- there is such a mix of beautiful old building and then the concrete block buildings of the communist era. We did spend two days in Krakow and it was lovely and so charming. Definitely save your pennies so you can go one day. :)

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thanks so much @phdast7! Hope you enjoy it! My daughter just visited Krakow as part of a study abroad program in college. She LOVED it. The pictures are magnificent.. I hope to visit one day!

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      My father's family came from Poland and Germany, so potatoes, sour cream and cabbage are served every other day, but noodles played a big role as well. But I never saw or received a recipe for Noodle Kugel. Can't wait to try this. Sounds wonderful. :)

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      @ vocalcoach thank you so much..and I'm glad you found me because now I found you..very interesting hubs you are writing..excited to follow you! And I agree..since I joined Hubpages just a short time ago I am making friends and learning a TON..

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      @janshares thanks so much for the thumbs up and all the feedback! You are awesome..and you should definitely try this one :)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. The photos are not only fantastic looking but helpful as well. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will share.

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      @pstraubie48 Thank you so much! And it IS easy..I really appreciate the comment!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      OMG, this noodle kugel looks so comforting, like macaroni and cheese. When I read the ingredients, I was surprised that it had cottage cheese instead of cheddar or american. And I really wasn't expecting the cinnamon and sugar. It seems easy enough. Nice dish, nice hub. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O this sounds like a really great noodle dish that I will be giving a try very soon.

      Anything that says 'easy' works for me.

      thanks for sharing.

      Angels are on the way to you and yours...

      Voted up+++ Shared and Pinned

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      You can do this one I promise! Super easy! Thanks for the feedback.

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      Miran Shuleta 2 years ago

      That looks delicious, unfortunately for me I can't cook to save my life :(

      Great Hub!