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Lemon Noodle Kugel

Comforting kugel is a traditional dessert at our family's Polish Christmas Eve supper. Rich with butter, sugar, sour cream and cinnamon, it suits any special-occasion meal. —Romaine Smith, Garden Grove, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 5 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups 4% cottage cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup plus 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and return to pan. Toss with butter; set aside.
  • Beat eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese, milk, 3/4 cup sugar and extracts until well blended. Stir in noodles. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over noodles.
  • Bake, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 160°, 55-60 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 321 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • Proud
    Dec 18, 2019

    I am shocked and appalled by this recipe, and by Taste of Home for publishing such antisemitic propaganda! Kugel is a Jewish dish, it is not a “Polish Christmas dish”! The author has culturally appropriated kugel, the very religiously and culturally important JEWISH dish, which is a vital part of the culture and heritage of Jewish people, who are also a people of color. Millions of Jews in Poland and across Eastern Europe were murdered by the Poles before, during and after the Holocaust in Pogroms that lasted until the 1990’s! Jewish people are still regularly killed in Poland, and my family along with most Jewish people’s families had to flee Poland for their lives because of the murderous Polish people who routinely raped, murdered, abused, and tortured Jewish people! Poland is the most antisemitic country in Europe! They do not eat kugel! Kugel is a Jewish dish, a dish of the victims of the White supremacist oppression inflicted by the Poles for century! This is a horrible and inauthentic recipe for a Jewish classic, Polish people should not be making kugel, they should be making amends for their actions against Jews and other people of color and minorities and they should just leave Jewish people alone! Don’t steal our food when you already stole the lives of millions of our ancestors! I am appalled by this and I have cancelled my subscription to Taste of Home for this, I was a subscriber for 20 years and I am very disappointed!

  • Delta Dawn
    Oct 2, 2011

    This was the first Kugel I'd made or tasted. It was not bad, but I thought the lemon extract flavor was a little strong and kind of off putting. Maybe it was just my taster, becuase it was well received by those at the church supper I took it to. I'm going to try other recipes to see if I like them better.

  • Miss Jen
    Dec 2, 2010

    I love kugel and this is a great one! I also added the zest of one lemon and substituted nutmeg for the cinnamon, which I think is a better combo. The kids and I gobbled it up :)

  • Zittybitty
    Aug 29, 2008

    I made this for a family gathering several months ago. My two nephews loved it as did everyone else. hey were given the left over to take home but forgot it. They returnrd the following day to retrieve it, traveling 35 miles. I certainly will make it again, especially when they are coming to the get together Rose--Harrisburg PA