This is one of my family’s most important and delicious recipes. For us, it originated with and has thus been named after my Aunt Rita, although I’m not sure where she got it from originally,  But what’s important is that once she found it, she saved it!

noodle kugel

This isn’t a traditional noodle kugel recipe. For one thing, it has no fruit in it, and the noodles are angel hair rather than thick egg noodles.

In addition, it has the addition of three forms of dairy products (four if you count the butter). The consistency comes out like a hybrid of a kugel and a cheesecake and it is topped with THE MOST buttery, delicious graham cracker crumb topping.

noodle kugel

You don’t even need to save it for Jewish holiday dinners, although that’s when we usually make it.

I know it’s not much to look at, but people I’m telling you, I could seriously eat this for every meal for the rest of my life and I would never get sick of it, although my thighs might protest- it’s more like a dessert than a meal from the calorie perspective.

noodle kugel

*Note that if you make it, yours will be slightly thicker than mine…I halved the recipe and made it in an 8×8 pan which is a little too large for half a recipe.

Recipe is at the bottom of the post!

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Aunt Rita’s Noodle Pudding

From Aunt Rita

Print this recipe!

Serves 12

1/2 lb. fine egg noodles, cooked and drained (I usually use regular angel hair pasta)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
8 oz. cottage cheese
4 oz. cream cheese, room temp
8 oz. sour cream
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine noodles, butter, sugar, cheeses, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well.

Pour into buttered 9×13 baking dish.

Mix together the crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over the noodle mixture.

Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour, until golden on top.

Remove from oven and let set 15 minutes at room temp before cutting into squares.

Serve hot or at room temperature.


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  2. I’ve never seen a recipe like this, very original! the crumble topping looks yummy ;-)

    Sending you loads of #pastalove!

  3. Gorgeous!!I cannot wait to try this as its so so different and so unique!!Love the idea of baking noodles with toppings as a dessert!Lovely recipe.So glad to be #pastalove with you :)

  4. Oh my goodness does this look! I like kugels but not the fruit in them so this recipe is right up my alley!

    • Oh, then you have to try it! I swear it’s like the most amazing recipe. Nate doesn’t like traditional kugels either and he said he could “eat the whole pan.”

  5. Your Aunt Rita’s Noodle Pudding sounds absolutely divine! I hadn’t thought of making a sweet pasta, but totally forgot about noodle pudding {not that I’ve ever made it before!} I’m definitely adding this to my #pastalove list to make {with gluten-free noodles} Happy to celebrate #pastalove with you this month!

    • Thank you! I hope you’ll try and and be sure to let me know how the gluten-free version comes out! I guess you’d have to use gluten-free graham crackers too…but I’m sure there’s some tasty substitute :)

  6. OMG! I am totally forwarding this to one of my best pals in Toronto… I basically lived at her parents’ house while going through law school… being the great Jewish family that they are, I got to experience plenty of authentic cuisine, including potato kugel! Noodle kugel is a new twist for me… love all the cheese and lemon too. What a great recipe Amy! :) (p.s. I disagree, I think it’s beautiful to look at!)

    • Hehe, def pass it along, Kelly! I can’t believe they never made noodel kugel for you. I’d say it’s more standard than potato kugel…except on passover when you can’t have noodles! I hope that you’ll try to make it too :)

  7. My husband LOVES kugel. Thanks for a terrific recipe to make for him!! Sending you lots of #pastalove this month!

  8. OMG I want like 12 pieces of this. I have such great memories of sneaking bites of noodle kugel during sleepovers with my best friend that her Nana had made. Great recipe!

  9. I’ve never heard of noodle pudding before, I’m completely fascinated.

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  11. This is the most gorgeous noodle pudding I’ve ever seen!!! Sending you tons of #PastaLove!!!

  12. I am FOR.REAL. posting a pasta recipe next week. And you know I’ll be linking up!

    I love pasta at all meals and you KNOW I’d love it most for dessert. This looks amazing! What could be better than two of my food loves (pasta+cheesecake) combined in one? Nothing. Obvi.

    PS – I can’t believe we BOTH LIVE ON THE UES. We’ve probably walked past each other a dozen times. Or bumped into each other’s carts at Fairway. Maybe we should plan real life intentional date? I think yes.

    • Yay! Can’t wait to see your pasta creation. I always love your dishes since they’re so full of yummy veggies so I’m looking forward to it :)

      And yes, we totally have to meet up…I posted on your fb wall so we can figure something out!

  13. Wow, that looks really cool. What a fun recipe to make, I’ve never heard of anything like it but why not sounds delish. Thanks for sharing a family favorite.

  14. Oh my gosh, this looks and sounds insanely delicious! I love sweet, creamy dishes – and of course the buttery topping doesn’t hurt either!

  15. i have never seed noodles baked into a bar recipe! wow. i wonder how this tastes… but i’m sure it is so savory and delish!!!

    • Thank you Junia! It’s actually sweet, not savory, but it’s served with brunch or as a side dish with dinner anyway :)

  16. This looks really good! I have never had anything like this. :) Sending you some #pastalove! Have a great week!

  17. this is fun reminds me of a Greek main course with noodles and fun blog

  18. Gorgeous!!!
    this is absolutely fantastic noodle recipe, nothing like I have ever seen before….
    This is something I will sure try..Totally bookmarked.

  19. Can’t take my eyes off the screen…this could be the most creative pasta recipe I have ever seen! o man..still can’t believe it…

  20. I would have never thought of seeing a pudding for pasta love.. it looks amazing though! such in intriguing mix

  21. Wow! Aunt Rita’s noodle pudding looks divine! Thanks for sharing the pasta love!

  22. Oh my goodness. This looks crazy good! I’ve never tried a noodle pudding – I think I need too!

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