Trimmed-Down Sweet Noodle Kugel

Healthy Jewish Sweet Noodle Kugel

Trimmed-Down Sweet Noodle Kugel

Sweet noodle kugel is a favorite food from my childhood. We’d eat it only a couple times each year on one Jewish holiday or another. The sweetness, the creaminess and the pasta combine to make it a dish I always loved. When I started making it for my own family, I tweaked the recipe to bring down the calories, saturated fats and added sugars. Over the years, I’ve adjusted the recipe several times. The results are still fabulous. A delicious, sweet, cinnamon-y aroma fills the kitchen while it bakes.

I am so happy that my daughters look forward to this more healthful version of sweet noodle kugel. And I expect that someday they’ll prepare it for their families. I hope you have someone wonderful to share this recipe with during the holiday season and other times.

My recipe tweaks

All I did with this sweet noodle kugel recipe is tackle the obvious places. I trimmed the amount sugar, traded in full-fat dairy products for nonfat and low fat options, replaced the butter with canola oil and cut the pieces into more moderate serving sizes. Instead of sour cream, I used nonfat Greek or Icelandic yogurt, which boosts the protein content too.

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Trimmed-Down Sweet Noodle Kugel

This dish is still plenty sweet, so feel free to trim the sugar even more.
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Cuisine: Jewish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 20 pieces
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Jill Weisenberger MS, RDN, CDE, FAND


  • 12 ounces egg noodles, dry
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat plain strained yogurt (Greek or Icelandic)
  • 16 ounces 2% cottage cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, packed in natural juices, undrained
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • 2 ounces (about 2 cups) whole grain wheat or corn flake cereal, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat over to 350°F.
  • Prepare noodles according to package directions, omitting salt. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, sugar, canola oil, pineapple, raisins, salt and vanilla. Add the prepared pasta and mix well.
  • Pour into a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix the crushed cereal and cinnamon together. Cover the top of the casserole with the cereal mixture.
  • Bake 75 to 90 minutes or until the center of the kugel is set.


Serving: 1square | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 260mg | Fiber: 1.5g






Jill Weisenberger

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, is a Nutrition, Culinary & Diabetes Expert, Wellcoach®-certified health and wellness coach, Freelance Writer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's also the author of four books, including a best-seller. She's a nationally-recognized media expert in high demand for print and online interviews, as well as corporate and one-on-one nutritional counseling. Jill's philosophy is that nutrition science should be understandable, realistic and oh so delicious.

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  1. Cathy Heyward on November 17, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Awesome! This has my mouth watering! Been brainstorming ways to eat healthy during the holidays but still enjoy it.

    • Jill Weisenberger on November 17, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thanks Cathy! It is delicious and easy to make too. Portion control and avoiding anything that you just don’t love are two of the best strategies for the holidays.

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