Apple Craisin Noodle Kugel

This recipe is reminiscent of a soft bread pudding but made with noodles. Because it can be made with pareve margarine (contains no milk products) it can be served with meat according to Jewish dietary law. It is equally good with pears.


  • 16 ounces extra wide egg noodles
  • 8 Tablespoons Pareve margarine or butter
  • 3- 3.9 ounce cups of unsweetened applesauce or pear/applesauce
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1-cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Generous pinch of nutmeg
  • 1-cup Craisins or dark raisins
  • 4 Gala or Jonagold apples, or fresh Anjou pears, pared, cored and sliced into thin semi-circles, reserve 8 slices for garnish on top
  • Additional cinnamon and sugar for topping
  • Additional margarine or non-stick spray for topping

Preparation Instructions

  1. Grease a 13 x 9 pan with margarine or non-stick spray. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and place in a large mixing bowl with the margarine and the applesauce. Stir gently with a rubber spatula to combine and allow the margarine to melt.
  3. In a 1 quart bowl combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add this blended mixture to the noodles along with the Craisins and sliced fresh fruit. Mix gently but thoroughly and pour into the prepared pan. Place reserved apple slices down the center of the casserole.
  4. Lightly grease the shiny side of a sheet of foil with margarine or non-stick spray and then cover the casserole, greased side down.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes and then uncover. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and then lightly spray with cooking oil or dot with margarine and return the casserole to the oven for 15 minutes more or until lightly golden. Let kugel sit for 10 minutes or so before cutting.
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  1. A friend made something very similar for Rosh Hashana last night. I think this is the recipe!! But, what does “3- 3.9 ounce cups of unsweetened applesauce” mean? How many cups are we talkin’?

  2. 3.9 ounce cups are the individual servings of applesauce available in the supermarket for those who have no other use for applesauce in their homes. Alternatively, just use 1 1/2 cups applesauce for the recipe if opening a large jar or making your own. Hope this helps.

  3. Thank you for the recipe. I used unsweetened cinnamon applesauce, dried currents, half Gala/half Granny Smith apples and Splenda in place of the sugar, but despite my tinkering, it was still one of the best parve apple kugels that I’ve had. Before she had seconds tonight, my daughter made sure there was more so she could take it for lunch tomorrow.

  4. Insanely delcious!

  5. As a William Smith student, I tend to come here before any other source for Jewish recipes…. This kugel was AMAZING. Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. Thank you for your vote of confidence!!! Keep coming back, I will add more!

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