Noodle kugel with raisins is a recipe that reminds me of my childhood being often cooked in the Hungarian community in Transylvania. This dessert is a combination of boiled noodles with cottage cheese that is then baked in the oven, simple and very tasty.

My version today differs a little from the one in Transylvania called “Vargabeles” because in that the pasta with cheese is baked between two sheets of puff pastry and I will not do that, I have simplified them a little. That’s why I called it noodle kugel because it’s closer to the traditional Ashkenazi Jewish recipe, served on the Sabbath or the Jewish holidays.

Let’s Talk About Ingredients

The recipe has two basic ingredients, pasta and cheese, so to bake a tray of this dessert, enough for eight people, I used 500 g of pasta and a kilogram of cheese.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Fresh Tagliatelle, Cheese Cream, Eggs, Sugar, Raisins and Vanilla Extract

The most suitable pasta for this type of recipe in my opinion is the slightly wider ones, such as tagliatelle or fettuccine, although there are recipes in which others use thin soup noodles. I will use fresh tagliatelle because I really like it and I think they are the most suitable.

As for the cheese, you can use any kind of cottage cheese or curd cheese, I will use curd cheese cream because I found it more interesting.

Let’s remember the rest of the ingredients, we need three fresh eggs, 100 g of sugar, 70 g of raisins, a grated peel of a lemon and a teaspoon of essence or vanilla extract.

How to Make the Noodle Kugel With Raisins?

Boiling the Tagliatelle

The first time I have to boil the noodle pasta and because they are fresh I will put them in boiling water with a little salt and boil for about five minutes.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Boiling Tagliatelle in the Pot

After they boiled, I poured noodles into a strainer to drain the water from them and let them cool a bit, while I prepared the cheese.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Draining Tagliatelle in the Sieve

Preparing the Cheese Mix

I put the cream cheese in a bowl and added the rest of the ingredients, egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla essence. Whenever we prepare something sweet, it is advisable to add a little salt that will highlight the sweet taste of the dish, that’s why I added a quarter teaspoon of sea salt.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Cheese Cream, Egg Yolks, Lemon Zest, Sugar and Vanilla in the Bowl

With an electric mixer, I mixed the cream cheese with the ingredients, until all the sugar dissolves and we get a slightly softer, more fluid cream.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Mixing the Cheese Cream With Ingredients in the Bowl

Now I add the raisins that I previously kept a little in hot water (in which you can put a little rum essence) to rehydrate, so they will be softer and better.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Raisins Over the Mixed Cheese Cream in the Bowl

Separately, in another bowl with the help of the electric mixer, I will beat the egg whites until I get a consistent foam but not very hard.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Egg Whites Foam in the Bowl

Combine the Noodles With the Cheese Mix

The cheese cream mix is ready, the noodles have cooled a bit, we are going to combine them. In a larger bowl in which we can mix them easily, pour the cream cheese over the tagliatelle.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Pouring the Cheese Cream Over the Boiled Tagliatelle in the Mixing Bowl

With a wooden spoon mix lightly so that if possible we can not crush the pasta but the cheese reaches everywhere, to cover the noodles well.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Mixed Tagliatelle with Cheese Cream in the Bowl

To make the dessert airier, I will pour half of the egg white foam and I will also easily incorporate it with a wooden spoon. I keep the other half of the foam for later.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Adding Egg Whites Foam Over the Mixed Tagliatelle and Cheese Cream

I prepare an oven tray, I chose one of 30.5 cm that I line with baking paper and I will pour the whole composition into it.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Pouring the Tagliatelle and Cheese Mix in the Baking Tray

With a spatula, I levelled the composition in the tray to reach everywhere and to be at the same level after which I will put it in the oven.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Tagliatelle and Cheese Mix in the Baking Tray Ready to Bake

Baking the Noodle Kugel With Raisins Dessert

Usually, I like to cover this type of dessert with foil and bake it like this in the first part, so I put it in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.

After that, I removed the foil and added the rest of the remaining egg white foam and levelled it over the dessert.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Egg Whites Foam Over the Half Ready Baked Cake

I put the tray back in the oven, this time without foil, for another ten minutes until it acquires a beautiful golden colour. When it is ready, take the tray out of the oven and let it cool to room temperature so that we can cut it.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Baked Cake in the Tray Ready to Serve

This was my noodle kugel with raisins recipe, made in my style, as simple as they are tasty and which I invite you to serve together.

Serving the Noodle Kugel

As a serving style, I recommend cutting the noodle kugel with raisins into cubes, sprinkling a little powdered sugar on top and enjoying it with a delicious blueberry or black cherry jam. So Good!!!

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Served on Plate With Blueberry Jam on Bottom

If you liked my noodle kugel with raisins recipe and are you curious to find other cheese dessert recipes from our kitchen, I recommend you try:

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Served on Plate With Blueberry Jam on Bottom

And don’t forget to like and share us on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest pages to be up to date with our new recipe ideas on our blog.

Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Served on Plate With Blueberry Jam on Bottom
Noodle Kugel With Raisins-Served on Plate With Blueberry Jam on Bottom

Noodle Kugel With Raisins

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Hungarian, International, Transylvanian
Diet: Kosher, Low Salt
Keyword: noodle kugel, noodle kugel recipe, noodle kugel with raisins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 portions
Calories: 744kcal
Author: Timea
Noodle kugel with raisins is a recipe that reminds me of my childhood being often cooked in the Hungarian community in Transylvania. This dessert is a combination of boiled noodles with cottage cheese that is then baked in the oven, simple and very tasty.
Print Recipe

Equipment

  • strainer
  • bowl
  • electric mixer
  • Oven tray

Ingredients

  • 500 g fresh tagliatelle or tagliatelle or fettuccine pasta
  • 1 kg cheese cream or cottage cheese or curd cheese
  • 3 pieces eggs free range
  • 70 g raisins or sultanas
  • 100 g sugar granulated or powdered
  • 1 pieces lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence or extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt kosher

Instructions

  • Put the noodles in boiling water with a little salt and boil for about five minutes. Pour the noodles into a strainer to drain and let them cool a bit.
  • Put the cream cheese in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, salt and vanilla essence.
  • Mix with an electric mixer the cream cheese with the ingredients, until all the sugar is dissolved. Add the raisins that I previously kept a little in hot water to rehydrate.
  • In another bowl with the help of the electric mixer, beat the egg whites until get a consistent foam.
  • In a larger bowl pour the cream cheese over the tagliatelle. With a wooden spoon mix lightly until the cheese reaches everywhere and cover the noodles well.
  • Pour half of the egg white foam and also easily incorporate it with a wooden spoon.
  • Prepare an oven tray with baking paper and pour the whole composition into it.
  • Cover with aluminium foil and put it in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and add the rest of the remaining egg white foam on the top and put the tray back in the oven, for another ten minutes until it acquires a beautiful golden colour.
  • After cooling, cut into cubes or bars, sprinkled it with powdered sugar and serve with blueberry jam.

Notes

You can use any type of tagliatelle or fettuccini pasta.
You can use any type of cottage cheese or curd cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 744kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 490mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1720IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 2mg