Louisa’s Kugel


In some families it’s Noodle Pudding. In others it’s Kugel. But in all families it is delicious.

Our kugel recipe is a classic with a twist that we think makes the dish extra special – apricot jam. Mildly decadent, easy-to-make, a creamy baked casserole of eggs, butter, noodles, luscious dairy, golden raisins and a good amount of sugar. Noodle pudding is the perfect make-ahead dish for Hanukkah party. It really does taste better with the full fat version, but it doesn’t suffer when made with “light” dairy products.

Serves 12-14


  • 12-oz bag wide egg noodles
  • 1 container cottage cheese (16 oz)
  • 1 container sour cream (16 oz)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon + extra for dusting on top
  • 2 cup raisins, golden or dark
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 12-oz jar apricot jam
  • 2 tbsp butter + extra for buttering the pan


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Coat 9” x 13” (3-quart) baking dish with butter.
  3. Cook noodles according to package directions. Strain and set aside.
  4. Break eggs into a large bowl and whisk.
  5. Add dairy products to the bowl and mix.
  6. Gently fold in cooked noodles.
  7. Mix in vanilla, sugar and cinnamon
  8. Fold in raisins.
  9. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  10. In a separate pan, heat apricot jam for 1 minute until the jam melts then pour jam over noodle mixture and spread with a pastry brush.
  11. Sprinkle slivered almonds on top, dust with cinnamon, dot with small pieces of butter, cover with tin foil and bake for 50 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes so the top is slightly crunchy.
  12. Let cool slightly as it will be easier to serve.


Carol Morton

Has anyone ever tried to make this with whole wheat egg noodles? The healthier it is, the more frequently I can make it!

Mandy Klisit

When my family and I came back from spending 4 yrs in my beloved Israel, some of the boxes we sent got lost, and in one of them I had packed all my cook books.I couldn’t replace my recepies written by me from my good friend’s directions.
Now I’ll be able to make my family’s favorites. Thank you!!!

Priscilla Maynard-Correia

These recipes all look delicious! Thank you and Happy Hanukkah!!!!


Half the recipe is missing. What do you do with the eggs, sugar, and vanilla?

As I was following the recipe point-by-point, I had folded the dairy mixture into the noodles by the time I realized the omission. I simply beat the eggs together with the vanilla and salt, then folded that into the noodle & dairy, then proceeded with the rest of the directions.

Please update recipe soon; I’d love to make this kugel the “right” way. 😉

Cheryl Ratner

The answer comes from my sister who just made this delicious kugel is that the sugar and eggs get added to cream cheese and cottage cheese mixture when softened.

Valli K Feldman

I would add noodles after vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Easier to distribute more evenly. Since I have an opened bottle of apricot nectar I will use some of that for some of the apricot jam.

Ilene Giacoia

Can this kugel be prepared and baked the following day??? I would really like to do that if posdible


I make it very similar to you but I don’t use raisins I use cerael for the top this sounds delish thank you

Mark David Loveland

My intended Thanksgiving Holiday celebration contribution …. Thank you so much for so generously sharing your cultural treasures with us …. Again, thank you ( ! )

Carol Newman

I made this today for a sisterhood brunch. I combined the ingredients, except for the topping, and refrigerated it overnight. I added the preserves and almond slivers and baked it for an extra 10 minutes before removing the foil. It was delicious!

Carol Newman

When do you add the pinch of salt? I added it along with the vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon.

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