Noodle Kugel

Contributed By: Terry Borden


2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for cooking the egg noodles
12 ounces extra wide egg noodles
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
8 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 pound full-fat cottage cheese
1 pound full-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2 - Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Step 3 - Add the egg noodles to the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Step 4 - Drain the noodles but allow a little water to cling to them.
Step 5 - Generously butter a 9x13-inch baking dish, preferably a glass dish.
Step 6 - Transfer the 1/2 cup of the butter to a small heatproof, microwave safe bowl.
Step 7 - Melt the butter in the microwave, about 1 minute.
Step 8 - Allow the butter to cool slightly.
Step 9 - Whisk the eggs and the sugar together in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved and the eggs are frothy, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Step 10 - Add the cottage cheese, the sour cream, the vanilla, the cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons of the salt to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously to combine.
Step 11 - Add the melted butter and whisk again until combined.
Step 12 -Add the hot noodles to the egg mixture and toss to coat.
Step 13 - Transfer the noodle mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
Step 14 - Bake, rotating the pan halfway through, until the custard soufflés, the top is brown, and the noodles on the surface are crispy, about 50 to 55 minutes.
Step 15 - Let cool for 20 minutes.
Step 16 - Serve.

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Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
Noodle Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish that can be made sweet or savory — either way, it's absolutely scrumptious! This dish takes the sweet route, incorporating ingredients like sugar, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon for an irresistible, dessert-like kugel. The kugel comes out of the oven almost like a soufflé custard with a light and airy texture. Noodle Kugel is a unique, authentic dish that will surprise you with its deliciousness!

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