Vegan Noodle Kugel

This vegan noodle kugel is a delicious dairy-free twist on the classic Jewish dish traditionally enjoyed during holidays like Hanukkah and Passover. This luscious, sweet noodle casserole, is a beloved addition to festive gatherings.
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Best Vegan Noodle Kugel Recipe
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This sweet vegan noodle kugel is easy to make and a perfect casserole dish to serve up on a Jewish holiday or your next family gathering. Noodle kugel is usually vegetarian, but it’s also traditionally packed with dairy. This delicious plant-based kugel recipe is totally dairy-free. 

Noodle kugel is a favorite sweet dinner casserole among many Jewish families. Unfortunately, traditional noodle kugel is one of the least vegan-friendly dishes around. It’s typically made with egg noodles, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, butter, milk—pretty much every type of dairy there is.

We got to work perfecting this classic Jewish comfort food—which was no small feat. But friends, we nailed it! This is hands-down the best vegan noodle kugel recipe we’ve ever made and will bring you right back to those celebratory family dinners you enjoyed in your pre-vegan days.

The BEST Super-Easy Vegan Noodle Kugel

Wanna know the best part about this recipe? We were able to create a perfect copycat kugel without calling for a bunch of hard-to-find specialty items like vegan sour cream. We did our best to keep this recipe as simple and accessible as possible, while still making a spot-on replica of the kugel of our dreams. You will need the following ingredients though:

Other than that, you can lean on pantry staples you likely already have at home! Easy peasy.

What is Noodle Kugel?

Kugel, pronounced “KOO-gel” or “KUH-gel”, comes from the German meaning “ball or something round”. In the Jewish culture, it refers to a sweet casserole with noodle (or potato) base. Either way, it’s super rich, creamy, and covered with a scrumptious layer of sweet cinnamon sugar crunch.

All you need to know is that noodle kugel is encouraged to be eaten all year round.

Noodle Kugel, where have you been all my life? As a die hard dessert lover, I can’t believe I haven’t tried a single vegan noodle kugel recipe before now. After hearing that it’s most like a mash up of cheesecake and pasta with a crispy cinnamon topping, all I could think was fill my belly––now!

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What’s Different About This Vegan Noodle Kugel Recipe?

Traditionally, this casserole is made with as much dairy as possible––eggs, milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, and butter––oh, my! It was a small feat to re-create a recipe that has the same texture, flavor, and spirit of the dish. Difficult, but entirely possible.

Here are the smart swaps that Michelle made in order to ditch the dairy:

  • Regular noodles instead of egg noodles
  • Vegan butter for dairy butter
  • Vegan yogurt to substitute for sour cream
  • Plant-based cream cheese instead of cottage cheese
  • Silken tofu exchanged for the mixture of eggs and dairy milk

Vegan Noodle Kugel—So Many Ways!

Every family makes their noodle kugel a little differently. Some make it with raisins, some make it with fruit (such as pear or pineapple), and some keep the base simple without add-ins. Some make really thick creamy kugels that taste like pudding or even cheesecake and are served for dessert, while others make dinner-style kugels that are a little less decadent. Some add a crispy corn flake topping, while others leave their kugel bare.

This noodle kugel is inspired by my favorite noodle kugel from my family’s Jewish holiday gatherings. It’s a lighter noodle kugel that can be served for dinner (still decadent though, don’t get us wrong) and is topped with a crispy cinnamon sugar encrusted cereal topping. It’s divine.

Shout-out to Carrie Lande who brought kugel to my family dinners and inspired this recipe!

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How To Serve Up Noodle Kugel

For this sweet-topped holiday casserole, here are a few suggestions for how you can serve vegan noodle kugel recipe that will make it extra special:

  • Comin’ in Hot – This dish is best served hot, warm, or at room temperature.
  • Cool & Creamy – Want to transform this sweet dish into a dessert? Top it with coconut cream or homemade dairy-free ice cream.
  • Oodles Of Noodles – Brown rice noodles would also work well, or you can try some fun pasta shapes. But steer clear of other alternative pastas—they may not vibe well with this kugel.
  • Pass On The Flour for Passover – If you were hoping to delight your dinner guests with vegan noodle kugel at Passover, keep in mind that you’ll need to swap out the fusilli noodles (which contains flour) for shredded potatoes or noodles made with matzo meal instead. On Passover, no leavened grain is permitted during the eight holy days.

Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for a few months. Reheat in a microwave or oven when you’re ready to enjoy your leftover vegan noodle kugel.

When Is Noodle Kugel Traditionally Eaten?

Noodle kugel can be served up any time of year. This dish is not passover friendly, but it’s a sweet celebratory meal on any other holiday or day of the week. Some popular jewish holidays and occasions include:

  • Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflection, renewal, and the sounding of the shofar, heralding a fresh start.
  • Shabbat, the weekly day of rest and spiritual rejuvenation, brings Jewish families together to kindle candles, share blessings, and enjoy a peaceful meal.
  • Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and the miracle of the menorah, where each night’s candle symbolizes hope and perseverance.
  • Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, invites Jews to dwell in temporary huts, reminding them of their ancestors’ journey and the importance of gratitude for the harvest.
  • Purim, a joyous holiday marked by costumes and merriment, commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people from a perilous plot, emphasizing the resilience of faith and community.

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Vegan Noodle Kugel

Author: Michelle Cehn
5 from 14 votes
This is the best vegan noodle kugel recipe! It’s perfectly sweet and decadent with a crispy cinnamon sugar topping, all without a drop of dairy. It’s a perfect match to the noodle kugel my family served at celebratory Jewish gatherings while I was growing up. Enjoy!
Jewish Noodle Cake Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fusilli pasta
  • 12.3 ounces silken tofu
  • 8 ounces vegan cream cheese
  • cup vegan yogurt, vanilla or plain, sweetened, or unsweetened
  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Topping:

  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter, softened

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions (about 10 minutes). Drain, rinse, and set aside.
  • In a food processor, add the silken tofu, vegan cream cheese, vegan yogurt, vegan butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt and blend on high until fully combines and creamy. It’s okay if some texture remains. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add the crispy rice cereal, cinnamon, sugar, and softened vegan butter and mix until mostly combined, using the back of a spoon to gently mash the butter into the cereal.
  • In a 9 x 12 baking dish, add the cooked pasta and pour the cream sauce from the food processor over it. Mix it together with a spoon until all the pasta is evenly coated. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar cereal topping evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350° F. The top should get slightly crispy but shouldn’t burn. Serve hot and enjoy!

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Notes

Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for months. Reheat in a microwave or oven when you’re ready to enjoy your leftover noodle kugel.

Nutrition

Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 3g | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg
Course — dinner
Cuisine — Jewish
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Vegan Noodle Kugel recipe by Michelle Cehn for World of Vegan. Copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved.

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18 comments
  1. 5 stars
    If I were to want to make this ahead, do you recommend getting it in the pan, keeping it in the fridge, and then baking? Or baking and reheating in the oven? Or…something else? 🙂 Thank you! I made this for our first night of Chanukah and loved every bite.

    • Yay, we’re so happy you enjoyed it!! You can make this ahead both ways! However, baking and reheating will leave a denser texture than if baked fresh. If assembling, then baking when ready, store the topping separately, then add right before baking 🙂

  2. We prefer savory kugels as opposed to sweet. Would this recipe still be OK if I omit the sugar, vanilla, and topping?

    • We haven’t tested it but I don’t see why that wouldn’t work! If the cream sauce seems a little thin you could add more yogurt or cook for slightly less time so that it doesn’t dry out too much. Let us know how it goes!

  3. 5 stars
    Ooooh this is soo delicious and it’s fun to say too lol. I would have never thought of this combination but it’s amazing!

    • 5 stars
      Easy and delicious! And vegan!! Thanks for such a great recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    this noodle kugel was such a hit, never thought I could find a vegan recipe to try.

  5. 5 stars
    i love flora plant based butter toO!!! wonderful recipe

  6. 5 stars
    Never imagined I could have kugel again! This recipe is great, thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    I’d never made noodle kugel before but WOW. Blown away!! This will be a nice “special treat” recipe to pull out for special occasions.

  8. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Interesting, I’ve never tried this before so I’m excited to give it a go!

  9. 5 stars
    Wow looks super delicious! 😀

  10. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    This noodle kugel looks incredible!!! I need to make it for the kids on a special occasion 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    Noodle Kugel was an entirely new thing to me this year! So mouthwatering, interesting and delicious. I love anything with cinnamon and this combination of ingredients is crazy good. Sweet and savory at the same time with such great textures 😀

  12. 5 stars
    I grew up eating this, especially at Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year, to ensure a sweet year ahead! Ive made a vegan version of this many times for my family and this one is fabulous. My addition/change is my topping which is corn flakes, vegan butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

  13. 5 stars
    When I made this my hubby was like “wow, that’s one of the best things you’ve made in a while!” Excited to make this for my Jewish family 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    Noodle kugel was one of my absolute favorite dishes growing up and I’m so glad this recipe exists! Can’t wait to make this!

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