A Collection of Essential Kugel Recipes

Kugels explained food historian Rabbi Gil Marks in his Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, got their start some 800 years ago in Germany. Originally a simple starchy mix cooked dumpling-style in Shabbat stews, kugels evolved over the centuries in style, cooking method, and a variety of ingredients. From the popular dairy lokshen (noodle) kugel to potato kugel, to versions filled with fruits, vegetables (or both!), you'll find a wide range of options here for everything from Shabbat or holiday dinners to brunches or potlucks. 

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    Sweet Cottage Cheese Noodle Kugel Recipe (Dairy)

    Cottage Cheese Noodle Kugel
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    If you're looking for the classic old school Cottage Cheese Noodle Kugel your bubbe made, this is it -- with the decidedly mid-century American addition of a cornflake crumb topping, that is. 

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    Lemon Ricotta Noodle Kugel with Dried Cherries (Dairy)

    Lemon Ricotta Kugel with Dried Cherries
    © 2013 Miri Rotkovitz

    Want a lighter, sprightlier take on the cheese kugel? Look no further than this Lemon Ricotta Noodle Kugel with Dried Cherries. Infused with the zest and juice of Meyer or regular lemons, and studded with dried cherries and golden raisins, it's a deliciously festive twist on a sentimental favorite. 

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    Cream Cheese Noodle Kugel with Corn Flake Topping (Dairy)

    Cream Cheese Noodle Kugel with Corn Flake Topping
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    Cottage cheese haters, take note -- thanks to this Cream Cheese Noodle Kugel recipe, you can finally get in on the dairy noodle kugel action. A cinnamon-sugar cornflake topping adds a little crunch. 

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    Egg-Free Sweet Potato Kugel Recipe (Pareve)

    Sweet Potato Kugel
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    It's not often you come across a kugel recipe that doesn't involve eggs. But this dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free Sweet Potato Kugel is bound only by a bit of whole wheat flour and lemon juice. Enhanced with root vegetables, apple, and a hint of bright lemon zest, it's a nice alternative to heavier potato kugels.

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    Honey Sweetened Carrot Kugel Recipe (Pareve)

    Carrot Kugel
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    Sweetened with honey and brightened with lemon zest, this dairy-free Honey Sweetened Carrot Kugel is reminiscent of carrot cake, but can still hold its own as a side dish for a savory fare. Whipped egg whites lighten the texture, and make this less pudding-like than many vegetable kugels. It's pretty, too -- consider baking it in a Bundt pan for special occasions. 

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    Butternut Squash Kugel (Pareve)

    Butternut Squash Kugel
    Miri Rotkovitz

    With a smooth, light texture that straddles the line between flan and a soufflé, this dairy-free, maple-sweetened Butternut Squash Kugel manages to look elegant while feeling like total comfort food. 

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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." Eastern European Food Expert Barbara Rolek's recipe is brightened with lemon zest and fresh herbs -- she even suggests a couple of clever ingredient swaps if you want to make the recipe gluten-free and/or kosher for Passover. 

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    Yerushalmi Kugel Recipe (Pareve)

    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 eighteenth 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. 

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    Classic Potato Kugel (Parve)

    potato kugel
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    This Classic Potato Kugel recipe is Giora Shimoni's favorite version of the Shabbat and holiday favorite. Tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, it makes the perfect side dish for roast chicken or brisket.

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    Broccoli Kugel

    Broccoli Kugel
    Miri Rotkovitz

    This souffle-like Broccoli Kugel is easy to throw together with ingredients you're likely to have on hand. Using frozen broccoli minimizes the prep work; eggs and mayonnaise lend a smooth texture to the onion and garlic-enhanced dish.

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    Spinach Noodle Kugel

    Spinach Noodle Kugel
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    Giora Shimoni's dairy free Spinach Noodle Kugel makes a nice side dish for the Sabbath or holiday table. Fresh spinach and lots of onions add a homey, wholesome feel to this kugel; the simple flavors make it a good complement for all sorts of entrees. Making a dairy meal? Add feta or your favorite shredded hard cheese to the noodle mixture before baking.

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    Vegan Sweet Potato Apple Kugel Recipe (Pareve, Passover)

    This allergy-friendly kugel is egg-free, dairy-free, and can be nut-free. It's also kosher-for-Passover. It features sweet potatoes, apples, and raisins, with the crunch walnuts if you'd like.