Gluten-Free Jewish Zoodle Kugel Recipe

Jewish Zoodle (Zucchini Noodle) Kugel

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Yield: 1 9 x 13-inch casserole
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
185 Calories
7g Fat
25g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 185
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 437mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 20mg 102%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 475mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Jewish noodle kugels are so delicious and they can be made in so many different ways, including sweet and savory. But noodle-less? Yes, with zoodles or zucchini noodles. 

Since trying to swear off noodles (so hard for a Slav to do!), I've had my eye on the machine-run spiralizers to make zoodles. Well, the spiralizer attachment from KitchenAid works like a champ and I'm happily eating "noodles" again!

This Zoodle kugel recipe is great for Passover and, if gluten-free matzo is used, it's ideal for those with wheat issues. 

Ingredients

  • 5 medium zucchini, unpeeled, ends trimmed off

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 large eggs, room-temperature

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon basil, chopped fresh, optional

  • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped fresh, optional

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste, divided

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste, divided

  • 1/2 cup matzo meal, regular or gluten free

For the Topping:

  • 2 to 3 large matzo crackers, gluten free, crushed to make 1 cup

  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Steps to Make It

  1. Using a spiralizer on the thick "noodle" setting, make long noodles out of the 5 unpeeled and trimmed zucchini. A vegetable peeler can be used instead but you will get flat ribbons, not noodles.

  2. Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté zucchini noodles in batches for 3 to 4 minutes each until slightly soft. Add a pinch of salt and pepper with each batch.

  3. Place the cooked zucchini in a colander and drain excess liquid.

  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heavily coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and place in the oven to heat up while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

  5. In a large bowl, whisk together 4 room-temperature eggs with 2 teaspoons lemon zest, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 cup finely chopped onion, mint and basil (if using), 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons pepper (or to taste) and 1/2 cup matzo meal. Add drained zucchini and stir gently until completely mixed.

  6. After oil has heated in pan around 5 to 10 minutes, add zucchini mixture to pan. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon smooth out top.

  7. Make the topping by mixing 1 cup crushed matzo crackers with 1 tablespoon chopped parsley. Scatter crushed matzo crackers over the top. If desired, mix matzo crackers with 2 tablespoons melted margarine and then scatter over top.

  8. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until edges are crispy and the kugel is set in the middle. If the topping is browning too fast, cover the kugel loosely with foil. You may need to drain off excess liquid and place back into the oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

  9. Once kugel has cooked through, remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting. Serve at room temperature or warm.

Source: Inspired by a recipe from MyJewishLearning.com.

More About Kugels

A kugel is a baked pudding made with egg noodles or potatoes, and a custard of eggs, milk or cream, curd cheese or cream cheese, sour cream and spices. It can be sweet, in which case sugar, raisins, and cinnamon are often added to the custard base, or savory when meat and vegetables are added.

It is served as a dessert, side dish or a meatless main course. Although generally considered an Ashkenazi Jewish dish served especially for Shabbat and Yom Tov, there are Polish, Lithuanian, and other Central and Eastern European versions of kugel.