Essential Kugel Recipes

Originally simple starchy mixes cooked dumpling-style in Shabbat stews, kugels have evolved over the centuries in style, cooking method, and variety of ingredients. Kugels are casseroles made of noodles and other ingredients, but can also be based on potatoes, or pieces of bread, with sweet or savory additions that may include eggs.

From the popular dairy lokshen (noodle) kugel to potato kugel to other versions filled with fruits, vegetables or both, you'll find various options in our collection for everything from Shabbat or holiday dinners to brunches or potlucks. 

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    Sweet Cottage Cheese Kugel

    Cottage Cheese Noodle Kugel
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    This kugel recipe is very simple and requires just 1 hour to make. A casserole of egg noodles and cottage cheese, it features basic ingredients to create a mild-flavored dish that's great for brunch or dessert.

    The decidedly mid-century American addition of a cornflake crumb topping makes this kugel extra crunchy, and the raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla delicately spice the dish. Use sour cream, or gvina levana, for that extra especial dairy tang.

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    Lemon Ricotta and Cherries Kugel

    Lemon Ricotta Kugel with Dried Cherries
    © 2013 Miri Rotkovitz

    This deliciously festive twist on a sentimental favorite is infused with the zest and juice of aromatic Meyer lemons and studded with dried cherries and golden raisins. Ready in 1 hour, it tweaks the classic grandma sweet noodle casserole with the addition of a couple of new ingredients.

    Italian ricotta, sour cream, eggs, and sugar form the base of a custard that gives shape to the kugel, while raisins, cherries, and vanilla extract perfume and give a chewy texture to this delicious dish.

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    Cream Cheese Kugel with Corn Flake Topping

    Cream Cheese Noodle Kugel with Corn Flake Topping
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    For many, cottage cheese is a dealbreaker when it comes to kugel, so our recipe skips the grainy texture and tang of cottage cheese in favor of the rich taste and silkiness of cream cheese.

    This basic sweet kugel uses plenty of dairy from milk, butter, and cream cheese, and a sweet and crunchy cinnamon-cornflake topping. Raisins are optional but always a welcome addition.

    Prep and bake in 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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    Yerushalmi Kugel

    Yerushalmi Kugel
    Miri Rotkovitz

    History has it that this recipe was brought to the city of Jerusalem by Eastern European Hasidic Jewish immigrants in the 18th century, hence the name Kugel Yerushalmi. Making the caramel can be tricky, but the payoff is a uniquely delicious kugel still popular in Israel today. 

    Use angel hair pasta or similar, or stick with egg noodles (but cut them in thirds to be able to handle the mixture with ease). Ready in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Don't miss the chance to make this classic, beloved kugel.

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    Sweet Potato Kugel

    Sweet Potato Kugel
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    It's not often you come across a kugel recipe that doesn't involve eggs or dairy, but our sweet potato kugel is also nut-free and ideal for people with food allergies or sensitivities. Bound only by a bit of whole wheat flour and lemon juice, this kugel has a nice chew to it thanks to apples and carrots added to the sweet potato and Yukon gold potato mix.

    Elevated by a hint of bright lemon zest and cinnamon, this is a nice alternative to heavier potato kugels. Use oat flour instead to make it gluten-free. Ready in 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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    Honey-Carrot Kugel

    Carrot Kugel
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    Sweetened with honey and brightened with lemon zest, this dairy-free kugel is reminiscent of carrot cake, but can still hold its own as a side dish for a savory feast.

    Whipped egg whites lighten the texture and make it less pudding-like. Ready in less than 50 minutes, be careful when folding the whites so you can keep as much air in the mix as you can for a fluffy texture.

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    Butternut Squash Kugel

    Butternut Squash Kugel
    Miri Rotkovitz

    With a smooth, light texture that straddles the line between flan and a soufflé, this dairy-free, maple-sweetened kugel is silky, delicious, and a great addition to any celebratory meal.

    Roast butternut squash for 45 minutes and let cool before processing it with the rest of ingredients, bake for 45 minutes and enjoy a slice of this mildly sweet casserole. Use oat flour for a gluten-free version.

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    Zoodle Kugel Recipe

    Jewish Zoodle (Zucchini Noodle) Kugel
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    If you've jumped on the spiralizer bandwagon, you'll adore this zoodle kugel recipe, which makes brilliant use of zucchini "noodles." Brightened with lemon zest and fresh herbs, the dish can be made totally gluten-free if using gluten-free matzo meal.

    The kugel is ready after 1 hour in the oven and 20 minutes of prep.

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  • 09 of 12

    Classic Potato Kugel (Parve)

    potato kugel
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    This classic dairy-free potato kugel recipe is tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, and makes the perfect side dish for roast chicken or brisket. Easy to make, it's a great recipe to learn, so once you've mastered it feel free to add other vegetables of your liking and make your own version.

    Potatoes, spices, onions, flour, and eggs are all that you need to make this casserole. Use a food processor to speed up the prep or manually grate potatoes and onions.

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    Broccoli Kugel

    Broccoli Kugel
    Miri Rotkovitz

    This recipe for a dairy-free, wheat-free, and potato-free broccoli kugel is ideal for people with allergies or food sensitivities. It does, however, uses eggs to bind the preparation. Fresh broccoli and onions add a homey, wholesome feel to this kugel. Its mild flavor and creamy texture, thanks to the addition of mayonnaise, make it a good complement for all sorts of entrees.

    This souffle-like broccoli kugel is easy to throw together and requires just 45 minutes of oven time.

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    Spinach Kugel

    Spinach Noodle Kugel
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    Noodles, spinach, onions, and plenty of eggs make this kugel hearty and filling. The fresh spinach can be sauteed or blanched, and the recipe requires very few steps to come together.

    Add your favorite shredded hard cheese to the noodle mixture before baking for an extra cheesy casserole, or add panko crumb or processed matzo and olive oil to make a crunchy topping that's also dairy-free.

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    Vegan Sweet Potato Apple Kugel Recipe (Pareve, Passover)

    Sweet Potato Apple Kugel
    Sweet Potato Apple Kugel.

    This allergy-friendly kugel is egg-free, dairy-free, and can be made nut-free. It's also kosher for Passover and can be ready in 1 hour.

    Shred sweet potatoes and apples, and mix with raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The recipe uses matzo meal but you could use oat or another gluten-free flour to make this dish gluten-free for people with wheat sensitivities. Top with walnuts, or use sunflower seeds or pepitas for an even more inclusive dish suited for all dietary needs.