Molly Goldberg’s Noodle Cheese Casserole

Molly Goldberg’s Noodle Cheese Casserole

A Recipe from The Golden Jubilee Recipe Book (1959)

About the Recipe

Growing up, my mother always brought the kugel to family gatherings. And it was always the same (delicious, let’s be real) kugel – noodles, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, pineapple. As I got older, I discovered that there were other kugels in the world, and that a Jewish family’s kugel is just like an Italian family’s red sauce – personal, treasured, and shared over and over again.

This kugel is light and fluffy, unlike its heavier cousins. Separating and whipping up the eggs results in a light soufflé around the noodles. You’re left with this lovely, savory kugel with the snaps of sweetness from the raisins. A definite winner in the grand scheme of kugels. Molly Goldberg should be proud!

For more recipes from my Weekend at Becky’s click here!

About the book

This book came from my favorite cookbook shop in the East Village in Manhattan. When my husband and I bought a house out on Long Island and started to say “goodbye for now” to our East Village apartment, this was one of the places we stopped by. I asked the proprietor specifically for a vintage, Jewish book and pulled this one out of a stack of them.

The book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the B’nai B’rith. It’s a compilation of recipes from earlier fundraising books and is just delightful. It’s sectioned out into traditional Jewish holiday menus, treats, and even has a special section for Passover. I feel so lucky to have given it another Jewish home and can’t wait to dive into it again.

About the glassware

This is the second time I’ve co-opted Becky’s Spice of Life dish for a kugel. It belonged to her grandmother and has been lovingly passed down. She’s got the whole set and I can’t resist using it whenever I can. This dish is a little bit larger than the average square pan (it’s 9 3/4 x 9 3/4) which usually results in a little more crispy top to go around, and who can get mad about that?

The Recipe!


1 T butter, creamed
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup raisins
Grated rind of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 lb. of broad noodles, cooked and drained
4 eggs, separated


Blend butter, sugar and salt together well. Add the cottage cheese, sour cream, raisins, lemon rind and juice. Blend. Add the noodles. Beat egg yolks until very thick and lemon-colored. Fold into cheese and noodle mixture. Beat egg whites stiff and fold into all. Put into buttered casserole. Put casserole into a pan of hot water, and bake in a moderate oven 350F about an hour. Should serve 6 generously.


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