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Easy Yerushalmi Kugel

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Easy Yerushalmi Kugel (Jerusalem Kugel) is an Israel noodle dish. It’s simple to make, delicious, and dairy free.

A round Jerusalem Kugel on a white plate with a slice on another white plate on a white wood table background

Easy Yerushalmi Kugel is the easy version of the delicious noodle dish that is commonly served on Shabbat lunch (like cholent) or at a kiddush on Shabbat or holidays, such as Simchat Torah, when lunch is served very late due to the celebration of the Torah at morning services.

Want another popular shabbat/holiday lunch dish? Try: Easiest Basic Cholent, an Israeli stew.

A little of my cooking background

I really wanted to title this blog “If I can make it, anyone can”, because – honestly – if I can make it, anyone can.

I never really liked cooking and when I was single, a meal for me meant grilled cheese, eggs, tuna, or something else that didn’t require effort or time.

When my kids were young, I was still able to get away with preparing only a small variety of easy meals, but the older they got, the more dishes I learned to make at their request.

Still, I insisted on keeping it simple.

Honestly, I never understood why some cooks unnecessarily complicate meals. I have seen recipes that have several ingredients that don’t really seem to add much, if anything, to the dish. So, why bother?

It has always been important to me that whoever eats at my table will have plenty to enjoy and that includes my kids (I never agreed with the “You will eat what is served or you won’t eat” ideology) and, because I keep it simple, I can prepare a variety of dishes in a relatively short period of time.

I have a philosophy regarding being a great cook: Prepare food according to the tastes of those who will be eating it and they will love your cooking!

As far as I am concerned, start with the basic ingredients that make the dish what it is, adapt according to taste, and voila! you are an amazing cook!

The bottom line is that while there are certainly delicate recipes out there for specialty dishes, making delicious meals doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It’s not difficult to impress – just make sure it tastes good.

While some of the recipes on my blog are more time-consuming than others, they are all tried and true easy-shmeezy!

Of course, one always has to consider the conditions under which they cook. Weather (humidity, heat, cold), different types of ovens, different quality of pots, etc. – all of which can affect your cooking and baking.

Nevertheless, as I said, if I can do it, anyone can!

Everyday pantry essentials (suggested)

As I learned to prepare more and more recipes, I also learned which basics and seasonings are good to have on hand to have the ability to make a dish on short notice and not have to run out to the store or borrow from a neighbor.

While I will admit that I am not always prepared when one of my kids will ask for eggplant parmesan or lasagna at the drop of a hat (which they have done), I dislike having to postpone making something just because the ingredients needed to make a reasonable meal were not readily available.

So, I maintain selection of what I consider “pantry essentials” in my refrigerator and on my shelves at all times.

Initially, many of the herbs and spices were useful to me only on occasion (having been purchased for a particular recipe) and I usually just had them around as leftovers. However, as I began to cook more of a variety, I was really glad to have them (hey, look, I already have that !) and that is how my list began.

While, of course, most of the essentials will not be needed just for any one recipe, at least some of them are needed for most recipes, and you would be surprised how many recipes be made just with this list. So, if you keep whatever you use regularly on hand, it can really save you time and effort.

Everyone has their favorite recipes, preferred seasoning, and just whatever they like to use to cook. Your own list should certainly reflect your own cooking tastes and style.

Just to give you an idea, the list below is a comprehensive list of what I normally keep on hand (this does not necessarily include what I keep for baking and there may be some overlap between the two lists as some items are used for both, such a brown sugar) and, of course, it reflects the meals and desserts that I like to make for my own family and guests.

Seasoning and flavoring:

  • salt (my receipes use regular table salt)
  • ground black or white pepper
  • granulated garlic or garlic powder (I prefer granulated)
  • onion powder
  • sweet paprika and/or sweet pepper flakes (paprika is ground dried red pepper, pepper flakes are crushed dried red pepper)
  • hot paprika, hot pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper (moderately spicy dried ground chili pepper) for those occasional spicy dishes
  • ground turmeric
  • ground cumin
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground Cloves (for pumpkin flavors)
  • sugar (granulated)
  • brown sugar
  • chicken consomme powder / beef bullion powder (regular or vegetarian)
  • onion soup mix
  • onion flakes (substitute for fresh onion – 3 tablespoons for 1 medium onion).
  • various herbs
  • additional spices to adapt taste to preference


  • oil / margarine / butter / cooking spray
  • coconut cream as a dairy free cream substitute
  • corn starch as a thickening agent
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • bread crumbs or Corn Flake crumbs (you can make these with your blender or food processor) for coating
  • condiments – such as ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce
  • tomato sauce/tomato paste/canned tomatoes – diced or crushed/pasta sauce
  • soy sauce
  • ready made pie crusts and dough (to just add filling)

We always have eggs in the fridge and onions, rice, and potatoes on our shelves as well as pasta.

In addition, having some fresh vegetables in the fridge, such as carrots, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers (red, green, etc), etc. can be very useful when putting together a quick, but delicious meal.

It is also a good idea to have some ground meat or chicken (breast, ground, or in parts), in the freezer for anyone who likes meat dishes in a snap.

Weather can have an affect on some of the spices and on the chicken consommé powder, so I keep as many of the seasonings in the refrigerator or freezer as I can and I keep everything tightly closed in containers (you will be surprised to know just how determined moths are at getting into sealed bags and how hot red pepper powder can attract little black bugs – YUCK!).

Therefore, store your items well.

Why are these pantry essentials beneficial to have on hand?

Personally, having the above ingredients in my kitchen is very advantageous, as I make a variety of dishes and use most of the items on the list regularly enough to warrant storing them. However, I do not store items for dishes that I make seasonally or only on rare occasions or those that spoil easily.

Whether or not it is workable for you depends on your cooking style, the space you have to store, and whether or not you mind running out to the store as needed. Of course, the more you cook and the more varied your recipes, the more you will use, and the more you will need.

A square of Jerusalem kugel on a white plate on a white wood background

Tips for making Easy Yerushami Kugel:

This overall is a very simple dish, however there are some tips to making it well.

I continually mix the ingredients while they are on the stove so the sugar and eggs spread out evenly over the noodles and then I just pour into a baking pan – that is the quickest way, but if one doesn’t mix continually, there is a risk of either the sugar or eggs having little clumps.

It doesn’t matter all that much if there are little sugar clumps, because they will melt during the baking stage, however the little piece of egg (picture crumbs of scrambled egg) are unsightly.

If you have the time and don’t mind waiting, you can let the noodle mixture cool before mixing in the egg and then pour into the baking pan.

You can use any shape baking pan (NOT a loaf pan) as long as the kugel mixture fits into it.

The baking time can range depending on your pan and oven, so I recommend checking after an hour and then every ten minutes or so. The top should be brown and the kugel firm to the touch.

So, there you have it. Now, go and enjoy your Easy Yerushalmi Kugel !

Yield: 12

Easy Yerushalmi Kugel

Jerusalem Kugel in a metal rectangular pan

Israeli Jewish dairy free noodle dish that is often served on Shabbat at lunch.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 pound egg noodles, short and thin (soup noodles)
  • 1 ½ cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons black pepper (or to taste - this is supposed to be a peppery dish, but I recommend adding per taste for those who don't love a lot of pepper)


  1. Cook noodles as directed on the package. Drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot (best is a heavy bottom pan) over a medium high flame.
  3. When hot, add sugar and stir continuously until fully caramelized.
  4. Slowly add the noodles to the caramel a spoonful at a time as you continue mixing. *
  5. Add in eggs, salt, and black pepper as you continue mixing.
  6. When everything has spread equally and smoothly over the noodles, turn off heat and pour mixture into a suitable size pan.
  7. Place in oven that has been preheated to 350° and bake for approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours (may be more or less, check after an hour and every so often afterward) or until the top has slightly browned and is firm to the touch).



Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 555mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 4g

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