Dad's Kugel - sweet or savory

January 22, 2010
Dad's Kugel - sweet or savory

Author Notes: My Dad loved to experiment with recipes. This is one we came up with together. It started with my apple kugel (kugel is noodle pudding, often served on Jewish holidays) recipe that my daughter loves, and progressed from there. Great for a side dish, breakfast, snack, dinner with a salad . . .Sandy

Makes: 9"x13" pan to serve 6-8


Sweet version with apples

  • 8 ounces medium or large flat egg noodles
  • 2 apples, peeled or not, sliced thin
  • 1 cup raisens (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 16 ounces small curd cottage cheese (low fat is fine)
  • 1 cup sour cream (low fat is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk (low fat is fine)
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon/sugar mixture

Savory version with spinach and onions

  • 8 ounces medium or large flat egg noodles
  • 2 onions, sliced thin and sauteed in a little olive oil
  • 9 ounces package frozen chopped spinach, thawed with moisture squeezed out as much as possible
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 16 ounces small curd cottage cheese (low fat is fine)
  • 1 cup sour cream (low fat is fine)
  • a few pinches basil, fresh or dried
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups milk (low fat is fine)
  • 1/4-1/2 cups shreded parmesan cheese
In This Recipe


  1. Cook the noodles in boiling salted water, al dente. Drain well
  2. Put noodles in a big bowl and mix in softened butter until it's all melted.
  3. For the sweet version, mix the sliced apples and (optional) raisins into the hot buttered noodles.
  4. For the savory version, mix the sauteed onions and chopped spinach into the hot buttered noodles. (You may need to de-clump the spinach.)
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, sour cream and -- for the sweet version, the cinnamon and nutmeg; -- for the savory version, the basil, salt and pepper.
  6. Add the cottage cheese mixture to the buttered noodle mixture, and put the whole thing in a buttered 13"x9" pan.
  7. Use one of your bowls to beat the eggs and milk together. For the sweet version, add the sugar to the eggs and milk.
  8. Pour the egg/milk mixture over the noodles. For the sweet version, sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar over the top. For the savory version, sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top.
  9. Bake in a preheated, 350 degree oven for about an hour, until firm. Serve and enjoy!

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AntoniaJames January 22, 2010
Lovely, both of these!! I'd probably cross over and add just a tiny pinch of nutmeg to the savory, because I love the way it tastes with spinach and cheese. The apple version looks divine! Thank you for posting this.