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Classic Jewish Noodle Kugel—Serves 8-10

Here is a comforting noodle dish that has graced many Shabbat (Sabbath) dinners for generations. It makes a nice dessert or side dish.


  • 1 16-oz. package of egg noodles
  • ½ cup margarine
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Cook the noodles according to package directions. 
  3. While the noodles are cooking, beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Stir in the cottage cheese, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla.
  4. Drain the noodles in a colander.
  5. Place the noodles in a large bowl. Stir in the margarine until melted.
  6. Add the egg and applesauce mixture and combine.
  7. Pour the noodle mixture in a 9 x 13 baking pan then sprinkle the top with cinnamon.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 55 minutes. 
  9. Cut into squares and serve either warm or chilled.

Noodles, the Ultimate Comfort Food

Almost every country in the world has some sort of cherished noodle dish. Perhaps the biggest rivalry of devotion to this comfort food is between Italy and China, but there are many other cultures that love their pasta just as much.

Food is a basic requirement for life, but sometimes a specific type of food is closely associated with home or one’s childhood. Even the thought of that food can bring floods of nostalgic memories. 

After the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York, some high-end restaurant owners noticed that their customers seemed depressed and listless. One chef quickly sensed that in times of great stress, most people simply long for something familiar. He made the decision to add old-fashioned comfort foods to the menu. What did the diners order? Macaroni and cheese topped the list.  

Noodle Trivia

  • Most noodles are made from wheat flour, water, and salt.
  • Long Asian noodles symbolize long life.
  • Legend has it that the Chinese were making noodle-like food as early as 3,000 BC.
  • Explorers and traders discovered pasta during their travels.
  • Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing the first macaroni machine to America in 1789.
  • Italians are said to consume an average of 51 pounds of pasta per person each year.

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