Lightened Kugel Recipe

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Kugel is a sweet baked noodle casserole, traditionally served as a side dish on the Jewish Shabat, but I like to serve it for brunch. Kugel is a classic comfort food – sweet, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, perfumed with vanilla and cinnamon and dotted with sweet raisins. My beloved grandma Chava used to make it. Unfortunately I don’t have her recipe, but I adapted a kugel recipe I found in the delightful book Nana Lena’s Recipes. Unlike traditional kugels, my version includes a minimal amount of fat and sugar. It’s delicious! My version does not require pre-cooking the noodles – as long as they are covered in the sauce, and you keep the kugel covered for the first 30 minutes, noodles should soften while baking.

Makes 9 servings

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 1 hour
Cool: 10 minutes

Nonstick cooking spray
3 large eggs
1 cup reduced-fat milk
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 (12oz) package medium or wide egg noodles
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a square 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, applesauce, vanilla and brown sugar. Add the raisins and the noodles and mix well.

3. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven, stir gently, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Return to oven and bake for 30 more minutes, until kugel is firm to the touch, sides pull away from the pan, and a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

4. Cool 15 minutes in pan, on a wire rack, before cutting and serving. Like most casseroles, Kugel tastes much better when allowed to sit for a few minutes, so don’t try to eat it straight out of the oven.

Nutrition per serving
Calories 175.0
Total Fat 3.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 81.9 mg
Sodium 42.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
Sugars 18.0 g
Protein 5.8 g
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 5 points