Baked Kugel Mac and Ricotta Cheese

Baked Kugel Mac and Ricotta Cheese | Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on January 26, 2013 · 7 comments

We consume so much milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt in this house, I cannot imagine being allergic to dairy. I think I would go into a deep depression. And say mean things to strangers. 

I was pretty excited when the Wisconsin Milk Board approached me about creating a Macaroni & Cheese recipe inspired by a classic dish. Challenge happily accepted!

Kugel immediately came to mind. My mom used to make it when I was a kid.

Kugel is a Jewish casserole, made with egg noodles, and either cream cheese or sour cream. It’s more sweet than savory, so of course it’s right up my alley. I swapped the egg noodles for macaroni, and used ricotta cheese instead of the traditional cream cheese. It turned out beautifully.

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This recipe is part of the Wisconsin Cheese’s 4th Annual 30 Days, 30 Ways. It’s a Mac and Cheese mecca. Go check it out!

Baked Kugel Mac and Ricotta Cheese
Serves 12
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
• 2 cups dry elbow pasta
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter + 2 tablespoons
• 1 cup (8 ounces) Wisconsin ricotta cheese
• 3 large eggs
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2 cups half and half
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup golden raisins
• 1 cup packed dried apples, roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup (about 3 full sheets) graham-cracker crumbs

Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with unsalted butter; set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions (about 7 minutes.) Drain and return to pot. Add 1/4 cup butter and toss gently to coat.

While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the ricotta, eggs, sugar, half and half, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Fold in the cooked pasta, raisins, and dried apples pieces. Pour into the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

In a small microwavable bowl, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Mix in the graham cracker crumbs.

Remove kugel from oven; sprinkle with crumbs and return to oven for another 25 minutes or until custard is firm.

Cool 30 minutes on wire rack. Serve warm or cold.

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This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Opinions are, of course, my own.

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Stephanie February 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I love kugel…my mom learned how to make it from a friend of my grandfather’s back in the day. She doesn’t make it often, but when she does, I could eat the whole pan by myself. What a cool twist you’ve got goin here!

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Kim February 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I’ve never had kugel and would you believe *face turns red* I made my first mac and cheese this past Christmas. Tis true. I had always left it up to the master cooks among my friends and family. I love the ricotta idea. I actually made that for the first time over the holidays, too! Isn’t life wonderful in that there is sooo much good food in the world that you can continually be thrilled by new taste adventures?

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Amy February 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I promise to not seem shocked for your lack of making mac and cheese, if you promise to not be shocked that I’ve never seen It’s A Wonderful Life. Deal?

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Joanne January 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm

The only thing is I’m not sure whether to eat this for dinner or dessert. Perhaps both?

My brother is lactose intolerant and thank god I am not. I have a stomach of steel. And I love it.

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Mom January 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Can’t wait to try this but first need to buy the ingredients for the homemade ricotta first.

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Heather @ SugarDish(Me) January 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Cheese, pasta, raisins, apples… this is EhVUReething I love. So thank you. !!!

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Lisa January 26, 2013 at 7:27 am

I have a kugel recipe from an old friend. It’s got apples and raisins in it. So good! This looks amazing!! Love me some kugel!

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