41 Recipes To Satisfy Your Kugel Curiosity

Kugel is a curious casserole that can take on many shapes and flavors for Jewish holidays. Sometimes sweet, sometimes savory, but always delicious — we picked out a few favorites to try for Hanukkah.

How do you kugel? Wait. You do kugel, don’t you? Let me explain. If you’ve never heard of any sort of kugel, here are the basics: kugel is a starchy pudding often associated with Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashana, Chanukah and Passover.

And if you’ve only heard of noodle kugel or potato kugel, know that those are but parts of the kugel rainbow! (Full disclosure, the kugel rainbow is mostly beige. Delicious. Sometimes golden brown too. But there’s a lot of beige.)

While it is often served on Jewish holidays, there’s no reason to relegate this delicious comfort food to certain parts of the year. And there’s no reason to narrowly define its taste, either — you can make a sweet kugel or a savory one. Serve it as a side dish or for breakfast. Make it as a potato kugel, one with noodles or even base it on zucchini.

Now, which kugel recipe will you choose?

Lokshen Kugel (Savory Noodle Kugel)

Lokshen Kugel (Savory Noodle Kugel)

Lokshen Kugel (Savory Noodle Kugel) by My Jewish Learning
This lokshen kugel (named after the type of wide egg noodles it uses) from Saveur lands on the savory side with its onion and garlic. It looks and tastes like classic kugel comfort, with both cottage cheese and sour cream bringing richness to the dish. Cooking it in a cast-iron skillet gives it a rustic touch.

sugar, cream cheese, cottage cheese, unsalted butter, sugar, sour cream and 6 more
nutmeg, sour cream, eggs, curd cheese, butter, medium egg noodles and 1 more
wide egg noodles, large eggs, salt, maple syrup, cream cheese and 10 more

Slow Cooker Noodle Kugel Casserole

Slow Cooker Noodle Kugel Casserole

Slow Cooker Noodle Kugel Casserole by Fit SlowCooker Queen
This recipe takes the mystery of out of making kugel in the slow cooker. One teaspoon cinnamon joins honey and raisins for a sweet kugel that frees up your oven. Yes, the cook time is longer, but it’s mostly hands-off. One key tip takes just a few minutes of prep time: First partially cook the noodles and drain them before placing them in the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients.

medium egg noodles, condensed cheddar cheese soup, currant, grated orange zest and 3 more
egg noodles, frozen peaches, eggs, raisins, liquor, cinnamon and 2 more

Potato Kugel

Potato Kugel

Potato Kugel by Smitten Kitchen
Smitten Kitchen’s gorgeous potato kugel has a simple list of ingredients — russet potatoes, kosher salt, large eggs — that adds up to much more than the sum of its parts. She makes it in a cast-iron skillet but includes a note on substituting a casserole baking dish. As she notes, people have definite opinions on whether you should use a food processor for the potatoes or grate them by hand, but she includes instructions for both methods. (She also has some interesting background on its European or Eastern European origins and its place in Jewish cuisine.) The shredded rather than sliced potato gives the dish a beautiful potato-latke look.

black pepper, kosher salt, eggs, eggs, olive oil, olive oil, russet potatoes and 6 more
potato starch, russet potatoes, black pepper, salt, schmaltz and 3 more
butter, eggs, scallions, onions, sweet potatoes, matzah meal and 3 more

Broccoli Kugel

Broccoli Kugel

Broccoli Kugel by Joy of Kosher
While kugel is not typically a low fat dish, this version approaches that description, with light mayonnaise and broccoli standing in for the heavier ingredients typically used. No one thinks kugel is a salad, but can you add a little green to your kugel? Yes! Yes, you can.

pasta, sour cream, garlic, goat cheese, herbs, rice noodles, cheddar and 19 more
fat-free mayonnaise, eggs, frozen chopped broccoli, cayenne, black pepper and 2 more
zucchini, oil, onion, freshly ground black pepper, broccoli, salt and 3 more

Aunt Helen's Noodle Kugel

Aunt Helen's Noodle Kugel

Aunt Helen's Noodle Kugel by Food52
The recipe name may sound old fashioned, but this kugel has a few tricks up its sleeve. It gets richness from a combination of cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, and melted butter added to the noodle mixture. But the coup de grace (coup de kugel?) is in the topping, which gets a lift from a little sugar and graham cracker crumbs, lending a crunchy golden brown topping to the kugel. Ingenious.

cottage cheese, full fat sour cream, sugar, vanilla extract, extra wide egg noodles and 4 more
wide egg noodles, raisins, Orange, coarse salt, ground cinnamon and 7 more
raisins, Granny Smith apples, salt, sugar, butter, eggs, cinnamon and 1 more

Cacio e Pepe Kugel

Cacio e Pepe Kugel

Cacio e Pepe Kugel by MUNCHIES
One of the world’s simplest and most satisfying pasta dishes meets the kugel format in this lovely casserole built on cheese and black pepper (that’s the “cacio” and “pepe”). Copious amounts of ricotta, mascarpone and pecorino romano are combined in a large mixing bowl, with a bit of the pecorino reserved for later. Cook the noodles until barely al dente, add them to the cheese mixture and then sprinkle on that reserved pecorino for a deliciously cheesy finish.

freshly ground black pepper, mascarpone, ricotta, butter, kosher salt and 2 more

My Family’s Noodle Kugel

My Family’s Noodle Kugel

My Family’s Noodle Kugel by Smitten Kitchen
Smitten Kitchen is on it once again in the kugel department, this time with a noodle kugel that calls for a surprise ingredient: cherry pie filling. Oh, sure, all the old favorites are there too: egg noodles, cottage cheese, sugar and vanilla extract. Almost everything gets mixed in a large bowl, but the cherry pie filling is held back, poured atop during the baking. Deliciously intriguing.

brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar, oil, ground cinnamon and 5 more
unsweetened applesauce, canola oil, cinnamon, kosher salt, sugar and 4 more
cinnamon, nutmeg, cream cheese, egg noodles, raisins, pasta, butter and 6 more

Vanilla Noodle Kugel

Vanilla Noodle Kugel

Vanilla Noodle Kugel by Tori Avey
This sweet noodle kugel gets its flavor not just from vanilla extract, but also from vanilla pudding. For a finishing touch, vanilla wafer cookies are combined with butter and sprinkled atop the dish. The recipe says it can be served warm or cold, but let’s be honest: It would be delicious at room temperature too.

sugar, wide noodles, eggs, vanilla, nutmeg, pepitas, pumpkin puree and 6 more
salt, raisins, pure vanilla extract, apricot preserves, brown sugar and 10 more
brown sugar, margarine, nutmeg, sweet potatoes, vanilla extract and 4 more

Sweet Potato Kugel

Sweet Potato Kugel

Sweet Potato Kugel by What Jew Wanna Eat
What a beautiful idea for a side dish, swapping sweet potatoes for the traditional spuds. This gives it a little more color than your typical kugel — and of course, gives it a rich sweet potato flavor. Use margarine instead of butter if serving with meat and keeping kosher. It’s a creative spin on a longstanding Jewish dish.

olive oil, sea salt, vidalia onion, parsnips, sweet potatoes and 3 more
raisins, sweet potatoes, water, ground cinnamon, pecan halves and 8 more
chopped walnuts, water, sweet potatoes, apples, cinnamon, raisins and 2 more

Potato-Apple Kugel

Potato-Apple Kugel

Potato-Apple Kugel by Williams-Sonoma
This Williams-Sonoma recipe skillfully straddles sweet and savory, with an onion adding a savory note while two Granny Smith apples contribute a light sweetness. Billed as “only slightly less traditional for Hanukkah than latkes,” this potato-centric kugel starts off with two pounds of baking potatoes. The first task is to peel and shred them before combining with the rest of the ingredients, piling them into a dish and baking until golden brown. A suggested grace note: a dollop of sour cream when served.

avocado oil, eggs, raw honey, apples, sea salt, nutmeg, baking soda and 3 more
egg noodles, whole milk ricotta cheese, granulated sugar, cinnamon and 6 more
heavy cream, wide egg noodles, salt, Granny Smith apples, cinnamon and 12 more

Spring Zucchini Kugel

Spring Zucchini Kugel

Spring Zucchini Kugel by My Jewish Learning
Not only does this kugel get a fresh twist with zucchini instead of noodles and potatoes, but it has a pair of surprising ingredients: Chopped fresh basil and mint give it an herbal note. (If there are objections to either of those flavors, parsley can serve as an herb stand-in.) The recipe and a commenter sound one note of caution: Make sure you get as much liquid out of the zucchini as possible — really squeeze it out! This gives the kugel the right texture. And it sounds like it might be good stress relief, too.

zucchini, all-purpose flour, russet potatoes, fresh rosemary and 8 more
potatoes, zucchini, white onion, pepper, salt, flour, vegetable oil and 3 more
matzah meal, large eggs, cracked black pepper, sweet potato, garlic cloves and 6 more

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